UMG Names New Executive Team

Clockwise from top left: Tom Becci, Brian Wright, Royce Risser, Cindy Mabe

Mike Dungan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group Nashville, today announced part of his new senior management team for the company, which encompasses Mercury Nashville, Capitol Records Nashville, MCA Records and EMI Records Nashville. These appointments follow the recent close by parent Universal Music Group (UMG) of its acquisition of EMI Recorded Music. Each of these new appointments will report directly to Dungan and will be based in UMG’s downtown Nashville headquarters:

* Former Capitol Records SVP/COO, Tom Becci, will assume the same post at UMG Nashville

* UMG Nashville SVP of A&R, Brian Wright, will continue as SVP/Head of A&R for the UMG Nashville family of labels

* Former Capitol SVP of Marketing, Cindy Mabe, will assume broad based responsibility as SVP of Marketing at UMG Nashville

* UMG Nashville SVP/Head of Promotion, Royce Risser, will oversee all promotion efforts in the new UMG four-imprint structure

“Our new company embodies the very best of both Universal and EMI,” stated Dungan. “The integration of these two great companies presents a rare opportunity to create a Nashville-based music entertainment organization that is well positioned for creative innovation and profitable growth. Tom, Brian, Cindy, and Royce represent the very best in creative leadership and business management. Throughout each of their careers, they have displayed a real track record of success and innovation, and will play a key role in ensuring the smoothest possible transition for everyone involved. I have no doubt that they will help us maintain our position as the world’s leading country music company for years to come.”

Additional management appointments include:

* Capitol SVP of Promotion Steve Hodges will now assume responsibility for the Capitol Label promotion team

* Mercury Records VP of Promotion Damon Moberly and MCA Records VP of Promotion Van Haze, will continue in their respective roles

* Jimmy Rector has been appointed VP of EMI Records Promotion

* UMG Nashville VP Radio Marketing, Katie Dean, will continue in that role for all four labels

* Capitol VP Shane Allen will now become UMG Nashville VP of Promotion for all four labels

* Lori Christian has been appointed UMG Nashville VP of Media Marketing

* Dawn Gates has been appointed UMG Nashville VP of Digital Marketing

Friday MusicRow reported on several staffers who have exited as a result of the acquisition.


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