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“Will is widely recognized for having been a trusted strategic advisor to many CEOs in the media industry.”
——Lucian Grainge

ANYONE FOR TANOUS?

Longtime Warner Music Communications Chief Has Universal Appeal
Will Tanous, a 20-year Warner Music veteran, has been named to the newly created post of EVP/Head of Global Communications at UMG. Starting April 15, Tanous will become responsible for managing the company’s worldwide internal and external communications and social responsibility. He’ll also supervise the interaction and coordination of the communications functions of UMG’s operating companies in more than 60 countries, and play an integral role in shaping and communicating the company's business strategy. Tanous will report to UMG chieftain Lucian Grainge and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica.

He succeeds Peter LoFrumento, who has resigned his post as Universal's communications head. LoFrumento is rumored to be rejoining former boss Doug Morris at Sony Music.
 
In making the announcement this morning, Grainge said, “Will is widely recognized for having been a trusted strategic advisor to many CEOs in the media industry. He has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to the intersection of entertainment and technology, and as such, joins UMG at an important time in the evolution of our company. I’m looking forward to working closely with Will as we continue to lead the industry’s transformation and strengthen UMG’s standing as the most dynamic and innovative home for the world’s greatest recording artists and songwriters.
 
“I'd also like to thank Peter LoFrumento for his years of dedicated service to UMG,” he added. The quote was followed in the press release by the statement, “The company wishes him all the best as he moves on to another opportunity.”
 
At WMG, Tanous most recently served as EVP of Communications & Marketing. After joining Warner in 1993, Tanous served in a number of positions involving communications, investor relations, corporate marketing and branding, social responsibility and event efforts. He’s a proud Georgetown Hoya.

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