Deborah Dugan (Former Recording Academy CEO) Wiki, Bio, Age, Husband, Daughter, Lawsuit, Instagram


Deborah Dugan Biography

Deborah Dugan is an American executive and a former president and chief executive officer of The Recording Academy. She was the first woman to hold the position. She formerly served as CEO of (RED), the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver.

Deborah Dugan Age – How Old is Deborah Dugan

Deborah is 61 years old; she was born in 1958 in Greenvale, New York, USA.

Deborah Dugan Family

Deborah is the daughter of the late Thomas M Dugan, who passed away when Deborah was 6 years old. He helped establish the Peace Corps and worked closely with the Kennedys. He also worked with Robert Kennedy in the U.S. Department of Justice.

Deborah Dugan Education

Deborah graduated from the University of Florida. She later attended law school at the University of Utah and went to work for a Wall Street law firm, doing mergers and acquisitions “during the heyday” of the late 1980s.

Deborah Dugan Husband

Deborah keeps her personal life private and there is no information available about her husband.

Deborah Dugan Daughter

Deborah has a daughter named Amanda who turned 17 years old on September 3, 2019. She shared a photo of her daughter on Instagram with the caption; Happy 17th birthday to my lovely daughter Amanda! Couldn’t love you more!”


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Happy 17th birthday to my lovely daughter Amanda! Couldn’t love you more! ❤️

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Deborah Dugan (RED)

Deborah served as the Chief Executive Officer of (RED) from 2011 to May 2019. (RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver to engage businesses and consumers to help fight AIDS in Africa. She led its strategic vision for social engagement and its partnerships with Apple, Beats by Dre, Starbucks, Bank of America, Salesforce, and Latin America’s Claro and Telcel.

Deborah Dugan Grammy – Deborah Dugan Recording Academy

The board of trustees of The Recording Academy on May 8, 2019 confirmed that Deborah Dugan would be the next president & CEO of The Recording Academy. She began her tenure on August 1, 2019 becoming the first woman to serve as president of the Recording Academy.

In her role as the president she works closely with the Academy’s Board of Trustees, Chair, 12 Chapter Boards and Officers, as well as the Academy’s senior management team to advance the organization’s goals and mission. She also serves as President/CEO of the Academy’s charitable affiliate MusiCares® and sits on the Boards of the GRAMMY Museum Foundation® and The Latin Recording Academy®. She also oversees the creative and strategic vision for the annual GRAMMY Awards®.

She was relieved of her duties as the president on January 16, 2020 and placed on administrative leave from the organization. She was accused of bullying her assistant which lead to the assistant being forced to take a leave of absence.

Deborah Dugan Fired from Recording Academy

On January 17, 2020 the Recording Academy in a statement said that they have placed Deborah on administrative leave following a formal allegation of misconduct.

“In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the board has placed Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately. The board has also retained two independent third-party investigators to conduct independent investigations of the allegations.

The board determined this action to be necessary in order to restore the confidence of the Recording Academy’s membership, repair Recording Academy employee morale, and allow the Recording Academy to focus on its mission of serving all music creators. The Recording Academy Board of Trustees is committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace, music industry, and society.”

Deborah Dugan Lawsuit

Dugan legal team filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the Academy. Her legal team alleges that her suspension came three weeks after she sent a memo to the Academy’s HR department, containing numerous complaints about the Academy. Her legal team alleges that the memo is why she was put on leave and claims that the institution’s practices highlight “tactics reminiscent of those deployed by individuals defending Harvey Weinstein.”

Wigdor LLP accused the Academy of putting Dugan on leave close to the ceremony in order to divert attention from its own “unlawful activity.” It tweeted: “This blatant form of retaliation in corporate America is all too common, even post #MeToo, and we will utilize all lawful means necessary to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.”

On March 3, 2020 Dugan filed an updated complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a 23-page supplement, along with more than 100 pages of exhibits.

Her lawyers argue the arbitration complaint is “completely frivolous.” They alleged that since she filed her charge the Academy has tried to ruin her reputation and destroy her career.

“[S]ince Ms. Dugan filed her Charge, the Academy has done nothing but try to eviscerate her reputation and destroy her career. [T]he real reason that Ms. Dugan has been terminated is clear: She was willing to stand up and fight against the Academy’s boys’ club environment, sexual harassment, gender and race discrimination, self-dealing, conflicts of interest and award nomination voting irregularities, among other misogynistic misconduct.”

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Deborah Dugan Instagram


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My first GRAMMY season! Congrats to all the 62nd @RecordingAcademy GRAMMY Award nominees. #GRAMMYs

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