A brilliant mind in the Lebanese diaspora in the United States, Will Tanous, who has been with the world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group (UMG), since 2013, has been just promoted as Executive Vice-President, Chief Administrative Officer.
Tanous began his journey with UMG as EVP, managing worldwide communications for the company across more than 60 territories, as well as overseeing public policy and government relations, investor relations, special projects, and events.
He went to be appointed by the CEO and chairman, Lucian Grainge, to the Executive Management Board, where he acted as a central role in the development of UMG’s business strategy.
Now, as the EVP Chief Administrative Officer of the international American corporation, Tanous will be handling, among many others, several major strategic endeavors, in addition to his current responsibilities.
In a statement, Lucian Grainge highly praised Will Tanous as one of the most strategic, multi-talented executives in the music business today, going on to refer to him as his proverbial ‘Swiss Army’ knife.
“This formal expansion of the scope of Will’s responsibilities acknowledges what has been firmly in place for some time: his wide-ranging role in the day-to-day executive management of our global organization, as well as his contributions to our long-term growth strategy,” Grainge said.
“I’m thrilled that he will be right by my side as we write the next exciting chapter in the history of UMG,” he added.
For his part, Tannous acknowledged his privilege for working alongside Grainge and “the most passionate and accomplished executives in the music industry on behalf of the world’s most talented artists.”
“I am honored by his faith in me and can’t wait to see all we will accomplish in the years to come under his leadership,” he said about Grainge.
Tanous has proven his brilliant mind long before he joined Universal Music Group in 2003.
He was part of the Warner Music Group (WMG) for two decades as the Executive Vice President of communications and marketing, where he created and executed business and communication strategies that proved successful for the company, according to Universal Music.
He reportedly strategized the 2011 sale of WMG to Access Industries, the 2005 initial public offering of WMG on the NY Stock Exchange, and the 2003 sale of WMG by Time Warner to a private equity consortium.
Tanous, who graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree. is also a recipient of a prestigious award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which he received in 2019.
The award is presented annually to U.S. citizens “who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.”