Exec oversaw digital shift.

Barney Wragg, one of Universal Music Group International's leading executives in the field of new technologies and digital music, has exited the company, sources say.

Wragg, who was senior VP of UMGI's eLabs unit, is understood to have left his London post within the past week.

A UMGI spokesman today (June 22) declined to comment on Wragg's departure.

Since joining Universal in 2001, Wragg has been credited by insiders with driving the company's transition towards a digital future. He was at the forefront of the group's multi-year project to resuscitate its deleted European repertoire exclusively for downloading.

On his promotion from VP to senior VP of eLabs in June 2005, UMGI CFO and executive VP Boyd Muir said at the time, "It's no exaggeration to say that Barney and his team have played a central part in the successful launch of the various online music services in Europe over the past 18 months, a role that has now extended to services launching in other regions."

A well-placed source says Wragg's central role had become effectively redundant because the company's digital issues were now being dealt with at the affiliate level.

Prior to Universal, Wragg was operations manager at U.K.-based Advanced RISC Machines (ARM), a leading provider of microprocessor technology for cellphones.