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. Established 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, and regularly appears as one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Female Executives, as well as a Billboard Indie Power Player. She notably earned a spot in Billboard’s Women In Music Hall of Fame in 2023, following her recognition as Executive of the Year for 2022. Furthermore, Reservoir has twice been awarded both Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards and Independent Publisher of the Year at the 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, working to ensure fair compensation for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA’s S.O.N.G.S. Foundation Board of Directors, an organization that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside Artist Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma for over a decade, Golnar served as Board Chair of the musical collective, Silkroad. In 2022, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the New York Philharmonic. Golnar also serves on the Board of Directors for RBI (Restaurant Brands International), and she previously served on the Board of Directors of Nomad Foods.
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 and a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.