|Jimmy Iovine, acclaimed music executive and record producer, is Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a unit of Universal Music Group, the global music leader.
Iovine co-founded Interscope Records in 1990, championing cutting edge music in a wide range of genres and helping to build the company into one of the most prominent and creative labels in the music business. Interscope achieved platinum-selling success with artists such as No Doubt, Dr. Dre, nine inch nails, Eminem, Limp Bizkit, Enrique Iglesias, Mya, 2Pac, Smash Mouth and Eve.
Universal's acquisition of Polygram in 1999 resulted in the newly comprised Interscope Geffen A&M Records, among whose artists (in addition to those mentioned above) are U2, Sting, Beck, Weezer and Sheryl Crow. Iovine was named Co-Chairman and, in 2001, Chairman. Named one of the five hottest producers of the 1980's by Billboard, Iovine was also twice voted Producer of the Year by Rolling Stone. An engineer in the mid-1970's for John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen (Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town), he then produced hit albums for U2 (Rattle And Hum, Under A Blood Red Sky), Dire Straits, the Eurythmics, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, the Pretenders, Bob Seger, and Patti Smith.
In 1987, he initiated with his wife Vicki the A Very Special Christmas album benefiting the Special Olympics. Releasing its fifth edition in 2001, it is the most successful series of benefit albums ever launched, having raised $75 million. Iovine was also co-executive producer of 2001's September 11 benefit album America: A Tribute To Heroes. Most recently, he co-produced the movie "8 Mile" and was co-producer of the Super Bowl XXXVII Halftime Show.