Universal’s Briegmann Adds Central Europe Role

Universal Music stalwart Frank Briegmann is to preside over the company’s Central European operations.

Briegmann, who is based in Berlin, continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Germany and will now also manage the affiliates of Eastern Europe and the Nordic countries.

Briegmann also oversees the Universal companies in Switzerland, Austria and the Deutsche Grammophon classical label in the region. The German-born exec now also joins Universal Music Group International’s international management board.

In a statement issued today to announce Briegmann’s new role as Universal’s president of Central Europe, UMGI chairman and CEO Max Hole had this to say: “I‘ve worked closely with Frank for many years and he shows calm authority and cool judgement in everything he undertakes.  He combines business acumen with an instinctive understanding of artists and their ambitions, and will bring new energy and focus to all of the countries in his region.”

In his new duties, Briegmann reports to Hole.

Back in 2005, Briegmann, then a young-gun, joined Universal Music Germany as CEO. He was poached from BMG Germany, where he was senior VP of international.

Universal Music Germany’s domestic roster includes such artists as Adoro, David Garrett, Ich+Ich, Lena, Max Herre, Rea Garvey and Unheilig.