Golnar Khosrowshahi '97

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Founder and CEO

Golnar Khosrowshahi is the Founder and CEO of Reservoir, an award-winning independent music company headquartered in New York City and with operations in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Founded in 2007, Reservoir is the first female founded and led publicly traded independent music company in the U.S. Under Golnar’s leadership, Reservoir has grown to own and administer over 140,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings, with titles dating as far back as 1900.

Golnar continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, earning her the recognition as Billboard’s Women In Music Executive of the Year for 2022 after being named one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Female Executives for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and a Billboard Indie Power Player for 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, Reservoir was awarded Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards in 2017 and 2019 and was named Independent Publisher of the Year at the 2020 and 2022 Music Week Awards.

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 also sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, an organization that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside Artist Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Golnar served as Board Chair of Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000, and is now a Director. In 2018, Golnar was elected to the Board of Directors for RBI (Restaurant Brands International) and in 2022, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the New York Philharmonic.

Golnar is a classically trained pianist through the Royal Academy of Music in London, England and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. Golnar holds an MBA from Columbia University in New York City a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

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