Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group
Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony, Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, will continue to report to Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Vivendi, and serve as a member of the Vivendi Management Board.

Lévy said in a statement: "We are delighted to appoint Lucian to the top position in music worldwide. His track record over the last 30 years in the music business is impeccable. He is perfectly qualified to lead UMG through the digital era across the globe."

Grainge, a British citizen, started his career with CBS/April Music in 1979, advancing to positions in A&R and talent development, rising to senior management positions at PolyGram UK and Universal Music internationally. He has led Universal Music Group International since 2005.

Vivendi also announced that Activision Blizzard has elected Grainge to its Board of Directors, effective immediately.