Billboard has named Desi Perez, Executive of the Year! She has been with the company for over two decades and helped to make Billboard one of the most reliable sources for music industry news. Desi will be honored at our annual Women in Music event on December 6th, where she is set to give an inspirational speech about her time as a woman in music. Congrats Desi!
Finally! A woman has been named the Executive of the Year by Billboard, and it’s no surprise that she is a record executive. There are not many female executives in the music industry, but one woman at FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is paving her way to help more women get into positions within the company and the music industry in general. Desi Perez is an Executive Vice President of Music Strategy at FMNA and has been with them for over two decades.
Working her way up from Assistant to Senior Director, Desiree Perez helped oversee the department’s transition to being a full-fledged unit within the company. She manages all of FremantleMedia’s music initiatives and produces many of their shows, including “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent”. She has also worked on several other projects that include MTV Video Music Awards.
Desiree Perez is also the founder of The Future First Initiative, which aims to help young women get into positions with power in the industry. It’s an extension of her work as Women’s Initiative Chair at the Grammys. She has also been involved with a number of initiatives trying to increase diversity in the music industry and continues to be a role model for young women everywhere.
On December 6, 2014, Desiree Perez gave an inspiring speech about her time as a woman in music. Billboard’s Women In Music event will be honoring four women who continue to break the mold and make great strides for women everywhere; their names are Kelly Clarkson, Niki Minaj, Jill Scott, and Tori Kelly. Go Here for related Information.
Perez’s start in music was as a record promoter and eventually, she joined the company of Overbrook Music, where her husband L.A. Reid was employed as CEO and founder.