Spirit Music Group appoints former UMG exec Joe Borrino to leadership role

Spirit Music Group appoints former UMG exec Joe Borrino to leadership role

Spirit Music Group has appointed Joe Borrino as chief operating officer and chief financial officer.

Borrino, who previously spent 18 years at Universal Music Group, will oversee all aspects of the publisher’s financial and operational activities worldwide. He will be based out of the company’s New York headquarters.

“I have known Joe for over 20 years dating back to our days at Island Records and I’m confident he is the right person to lead Spirit in this next and most exciting chapter,” said Jon Singer, chairman, Spirit Music Group.

“He is a true professional with a well-rounded background and a wealth of experience on both the label and publishing sides of the business. Joe’s experience speaks for itself and we are thrilled he chose Spirit as his new home for years to come." 

“I think Spirit Music Group is one of the most exciting companies in music right now,” addd Borino. “The recent recapitalisation has empowered management to lay out an aggressive and innovative strategy to position Spirit Music Group as the preeminent music publishing powerhouse, and I look forward to working with Jon, Ross Cameron, and the world class team assembled to execute the vision.” 

Borrino held various roles including CFO of the Island/Def Jam Music Group during the height of the company’s success with artists including Bon Jovi, The Killers, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Fall Out Boy and Rihanna.

Borrino was recruited by Jay-Z to help launch Roc Nation, where he was an integral part of the management team building the company over several years as CFO.

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