Michael Gudinski’s son Matt takes over as CEO of Mushroom Group

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Michael Gudinski’s son Matt takes over as CEO of Mushroom Group

Matt Gudinski has succeeded his late father Michael as CEO of Mushroom Group.

The announcement was made on Friday, five weeks after the Australian entertainment icon died suddenly on March 2 at the age of 68.

Matt, 36, has been an Executive Director of Mushroom Group since 2013, when he was confirmed as his father’s successor.

Successor: Matt Gudinski has succeeded his late father Michael as CEO of Mushroom Group.  The announcement was made on Friday, five weeks after the Australian music icon died suddenly on March 2 at the age of 68.  Matt is portrayed at his father's state funeral

Successor: Matt Gudinski has succeeded his late father Michael as CEO of Mushroom Group. The announcement was made on Friday, five weeks after the Australian music icon died suddenly on March 2 at the age of 68. Matt is portrayed at his father’s state funeral

He had helped Michael oversee more than 250 employees and two dozen companies.

Michael founded Mushroom Group in 1972 and now includes record labels, tours and events, publishing, film and TV production, and other sectors of the entertainment industry.

Matt joined Mushroom in 2003 when he was 17 years old.

“This is not yet a role I expected to play, but I am determined to honor the great legacy left by my father,” Matt said in a statement.

“Mushroom Group is in its strongest position yet, and as we rapidly approach our 50th year, I know our incredibly talented Mushroom family will help me realize the vision Dad and I had for the next 50 years of our business.”

Gudinski’s death stunned the international entertainment industry and led to tributes from Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Barnes, Kylie and Dannii Minogue and Paul Kelly and many other stars.

Ed Sheeran headlined performances at Gudinski’s memorial service held at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on March 24.

Michael Gudinski also had a daughter, Kate, with his wife Sue.

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