Morris in January 2010
|Born||November 23, 1938|
|Occupations||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment|
|Labels||Sony Music Entertainment (2011-present)
Universal Music Group (1995-2011)
Warner Music Group (1990-1995)
Doug Morris (born November 23, 1938) is an American music executive. He is the current Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. He previously served as Chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group from 1995 to 2011.
Life and career 
Morris is a graduate of Columbia University. He began a career in the music industry as a songwriter for Robert Mellin, Inc., a music publisher. Morris wrote "Sweet Talkin' Guy", a 1966 hit for The Chiffons, and produced the hit "Smokin' In the Boys Room" (1973) for Brownsville Station. After joining Laurie Records as a songwriter and producer in 1965, Morris eventually became vice-president and general manager of the record label. He later started his own label, Big Tree Records, which was acquired by Atlantic Records in 1978, which led to Morris becoming president of Atco Records and an association with Warner Music.
Morris became president of Atlantic Records in 1980, and became co-chairman and co-CEO of the Atlantic Recording Group, alongside Ahmet Ertegun, in 1990. Morris played an integral role in making Atlantic the leading company in the Warner Music Group. In 1994, Morris shifted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Warner Music U.S., and was soon named chairman. Morris lost an executive battle at Warner leading to his departure from Warner Music in 1995.
Career at Universal Music Group 
Morris began working with MCA Records in July 1995 by forming a joint venture record label, which became Universal Records when Morris was appointed Chairman and CEO of MCA Music Entertainment Group in November 1995. The company was renamed Universal Music Group the following year. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; his ceremony was held on January 26, 2010, at the corner of Hollywood and Vine.
Sony Music Entertainment Chairman & CEO 
Morris became Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment on July 1, 2011. After Morris' arrival, Sony Music restructured two of its label groups. The RCA/Jive Label Group had been split in half with the RCA Music Group being separated from the Jive Label Group. Peter Edge was promoted to CEO of the RCA Music Group. L.A. Reid became the Chairman & CEO of Epic Records shortly after Morris' arrival. Some Jive artists have been moved to Epic while others have been moved to the RCA. In addition to splitting the RCA/Jive Label Group, the Columbia/Epic Label Group was also split. In October 2011 Morris announced that Mel Lewinter had been appointed Executive Vice President of Label Strategy at Sony Music.
- Doug Morris Biography
- 2 March 2011 (2 March 2011). "Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1". Billboard. Retrieved 6 March 2011. More than one of
- CEO Exchange biography on PBS
- Vivendi Management Board Bio
- "Universal's CEO Once Called iPod Users Thieves. Now He's Giving Songs Away", on Wired
- Doug Morris biography from Sony Music
|Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment
July 1, 2011-Present
|Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group
November 1995 to January 1, 2011