Santa Monica, CA (September 6, 2007)–Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy since December 2002, will stay on for four more years, taking on the additional role of chief executive officer. Portnow will therefore continue to lead the organization as preparations are made for the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards in early 2008.
“Neil possesses the key qualities of a great leader: vision, humility, compassion, extensive experience in all aspects of the music industry, and a collaborative spirit,” said Jimmy Jam, chair of the board of trustees of The Recording Academy. “As a member and volunteer leader of The Academy for more than 25 years, he has a unique understanding of the needs of our constituents and how best to serve them. He has made great strides in increasing the scope of programs and initiatives we offer regionally and nationally, thereby advancing The Academy’s profile and furthering its mission. I look forward to continuing to work alongside Neil, especially during this next year as The Academy and the GRAMMY Awards celebrate 50 golden years and look toward the next 50.”
“It is a real privilege and a true honor for me to have the confidence and support of our board to continue steering and guiding the fine and vital work of this Academy into the future,” said Portnow. “Along with our extraordinary staff and elected leaders, I have high expectations and goals for the level of excellence and achievement that can be accomplished with a spirit of collaboration and vision for the betterment of our creative community.”
Portnow was formerly senior vice president of west coast operations for the Zomba Group of companies. Prior to Zomba, he was vice president of A&R at EMI America Records, vice president/general manager west coast Arista Records and president, Twentieth Century Fox Records.
The 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008.
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