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Golnar Khosrowshahi

Founder & CEO,
Reservoir Media Management
Toronto, ON, Canada
Golnar Khosrowshahi is the Founder and CEO of Reservoir, a music publishing company established in 2007 under the umbrella of a family office with interests in health care private equity, real estate, and consumer electronics retail. Reservoir is headquartered in New York City and has operations in Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver and London, England. Under Golnar’s leadership, Reservoir has since grown to own and administer over 110,000 copyrights with titles dating as far back as the 1920s. Golnar continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, and was recently named one of Billboard’s Top 100 Most Powerful Female Executives and a 2017 Billboard Indie Power Player. Furthermore, Reservoir was awarded Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards in 2017.

Prior to her foray into the music industry, Golnar worked in a number of different roles in advertising, design and experiential marketing. The most important of these roles positioned her as the Global Brand Manager at Euro RSCG, a division of Havas Advertising, for Fortune 500 companies such as Philips Electronics and MCI Telecommunications.

In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Golnar serves as a Director on the board of the National Music Publishers’ Association, based in Washington, DC and working to ensure fair compensation and property rights for songwriters and their representatives. She sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, working alongside musical talent including Steven Tyler, Jewel and Kara DioGuardi to raise funds to support career songwriters. Golnar also serves as President and Chair of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 as a way of bringing together innovative performers and composers representing traditions from around the world. Additionally, Golnar is involved in a number of educational institutions – she is a Trustee Emeritus of Pearson College, one of the United World Colleges located in British Columbia, a Director Emeritus of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation in Toronto; a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; and a former Trustee of the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation at the Columbia University Center for Iranian Studies in New York City.

Golnar lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and two sixteen year old daughters. She is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. She is an avid runner and certified ski and tennis instructor. Golnar holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City with a concentration in media management and finance and a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.