Linda started her career in the music industry as a secretary in the A & R department at RCA Records before joining Atlantic Records where she worked her way up to Senior Vice President. When Warner Music was formed, she was promoted to corporate Vice President and then corporate Senior Vice President of Group and Internal and External Relations for Warner Music Group. As its first female executive, her areas of responsibility included Artist Relations, Industry Relations, Public Affairs, Community Relations, Events and Special Projects, Human Resources and Charitable Contributions for WMG and its companies. She also acted as WMG’s liaison with its parent corporation, Time Warner, as well as all of the Time Warner companies including HBO, Warner Bros. Inc., Time Inc., Time Warner Cable, Warner Books, Time Warner Cable, Turner Corporation and Turner Network. In fulfilling these roles, she created and facilitated projects and programs nationally and internationally including London, Cannes, Switzerland, Vancouver and South Africa.
After spending three decades at Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group and wanting to pursue new challenges, Linda was appointed as a Special Advisor to Time Warner’s Chairman and CEO, Jerry Levin, and President and COO, Dick Parsons, on music-related special projects, events and issues. Known for her unique blend of skills and experience, Linda is especially respected for the strong relationships she has built with artists and industry colleagues throughout her long tenure in the music business. She has been a founding member of, or assisted in restructuring many industry boards and organizations, combining her widely-known active participation and key developmental skills with her experience and knowledge. In recent years, she has resigned from most boards in order to put all of her time and efforts into the continuing growth of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, of which she was elected President in 2001 and President and CEO in 2011.
Among the honors bestowed upon her for her unique contributions to the recording industry and for her numerous philanthropic efforts are the Recording Academy’s New York Heroes Award, The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame’s La Musa Founders Award, Dick Clark’s National Foundation’s Music Founders Club Award, The Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s Distinguished Service Award and The YWCA’s Women Achievers Award.
Linda represents the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a federally appointed member of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Board, which is charged with advising the Librarian of Congress on the evaluation, collection, and preservation of American recordings. The Board works with the Librarian to choose 25 recordings each year to be inducted into the prestigious National Recording Registry, an elite group of less than 500 works deemed to be exceptionally “culturally, historically or musically significant.”
Linda is married to retired RCA/BMG Studios master recording engineer, Mike Moran.