Universal Music Group today announced the appointment of Rob Wells to its Executive Board. Wells is UMG's current president of Global Digital Business, based in Santa Monica.

Wells was named to his current position in October 2010, previously acting as SVP of UMG's international division, overseeing the company's international digital profile. He joined UMG in 2000 as the UK director of digital services.

UMG CEO and chairman Lucian Grainge wrote in a statement that "[Wells'] promotion to the UMG Executive Board reflects not only the strength of his performance and his contributions to the company, but also the critical priority we place on -- and significant opportunities we see for -- our digital business. We congratulate Rob on his many achievements to date and know that he and his team will continue to deliver results in the months and years to come.”

For his part, Wells wrote: "We are very excited to continue to drive UMG’s industry-leading digital position in more and more creative ways than ever before.”

Wells began his career in the mailroom of BMG, eventually rising to that company's head of internet and new media before moving to UMG UK.