The Recording Academy, the governing body responsible for the Grammy Awards, recently announced that the organization's board of trustees named producer and interim president/CEO Harvey Mason, Jr. as the permanent and official president and CEO.
Mason held the unpaid interim position since January 2020. Assuming his new position, he will relinquish his role as chair of the board of trustees, which he had held since 2019.
In a joint statement, search committee co-chairs John Burk and Leslie Ann Jones said, “We are delighted that Harvey will remain at the helm and continue to steer the organization through this pivotal time. As we journeyed deeper into our extensive search, it became clear that the best person for the job was Harvey. We are immensely impressed by the remarkable work he has done during his interim tenure and look forward to the continued evolution of the Academy under his effective, results-driven leadership.”
Mason replaced former president/CEO Deborah Dugan, the first female to hold the position, after she was dismissed from her position following allegations of mistreating employees.
Dugan was previously the CEO of (RED), co-founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, and served as the president of Disney Publishing Worldwide.