UMG Launches ‘Global Impact Team’—Aims to Tackle Community Engagement, Environmental Sustainability & More

UMG forms Global Impact Team to enact positive change
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UMG forms Global Impact Team to enact positive change
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Photo Credit: UMG (Susan Mazo, Dylan Siegler, Kristin Jones, Arielle Vavasseur, Dr. Menna Demessie, Markie Ruzzo, Sharlotte Ritchie)

Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the formation of a Global Impact Team to enact and amplify the company’s vision for positive change through community engagement, environmental sustainability, events, and special projects.

“The formation of the Global Impact Team reflects our commitment not only to accelerating our work in these critical areas but to do so in a way that leverages the experience and talent of these exceptional individuals to drive positive impact across our company, our industry, and in the communities in which we serve,” says Chairman & CEO of UMG, Sir Lucian Grainge. “With this new structure we are ensuring that these functions are not siloed, but rather positioned to meaningfully influence all aspects of our global strategy.”

With this new Global Impact Team, UMG will see some changes to its leadership structure. These changes include:

Susan Mazo, UMG’s EVP of Social Responsibility, Events & Special Projects has been promoted to EVP, Chief Impact Officer. Mazo brings nearly 30 years of industry experience and joined UMG in 2014. She has been a leader in the fields of sustainability, charitable giving, and community engagement. She serves as the founding Chair of UMG’s All Together Now Foundation and the co-creator of the Amplifier Award recognizing artists for their commitment to creating positive change through their music and reach.

Dylan Siegler has been appointed as SVP, Head of Sustainability. Siegler will lead UMG’s global sustainability efforts effective June 10, 2024. She brings with her two decades of experience in driving environmental and social impact, including decarbonization and climate justice strategy in energy, tech, and the built environment. Siegler most recently served as SVP, Sustainability at GreenBiz Group, where sue curated, built, and hosted GreenBiz.

Inside Projects, a strategy and marketing agency that specializes in social impact, will make UMG its exclusive partner within the music industry, advising the Global Impact Team and the company across communications, public policy, artist, and shareholder relations. Founded by Kristin Jones and Arielle Vavassuer, Inside Proejcts’ past and present clients include Higher Ground Productions, Netflix, and Spotify.

Menna Demessie, SVP and Executive Director, Task Force for Meaningful Change and former SVP of Policy and the Leadership Institute of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, will also serve as a member of the Global Impact Team leadership.

Markie Ruzzo, who has been promoted to the position of VP Global Impact, will join the team’s leadership.

Sharlotte Ritchie, who previously served as Senior Director, Communications and head of the Task Force for Meaningful Change in the UK, and will now serve as to Senior Director, Global Impact & Communications.

“I’m honored to take on this new role and work alongside such an incredible team who have all been leaders in their respective fields,” adds Susan Mazo about the formation of this Global Impact Team. “Through our work we’ve demonstrated that sustainability, community engagement, and corporate social impact go hand-in-hand with delivering positive results for our employees, artists, and shareholders.”

“With this next evolution of our team and structure, and with Sir Lucian’s constant encouragement and focus, I’m excited to create and implement a new approach that unites all of the efforts in a way that will amplify UMG’s global impact and brand resonance given our unique position to enact positive change.”