Jens Kessler of Universal Music Group has been promoted to the company's position of chief information officer according to Boyd Muir, UMG's EVP/CFO.
Kessler started at UMG in Germany, where he served as Vice President of IT, and quickly graduated to the role of Vice President of IT, Supply Chain and Sourcing at UMG International in London. In his new role, he will operate out of Los Angeles.
With experience identifying and reinforcing supply chain business priorities, Kessler will now be responsible for "all aspects of UMG's Global Information Technology (IT) division," according to a press release.
"Throughout his tenure at UMG, Jens has proven himself to be an innovative and pragmatic executive with the essential hands-on-experience and skill set to oversee this key area of our global business," said Muir in a statement. "We're delighted to recognize his achievement with this well-deserved promotion."
UMG is currently in the process of purchasing EMI's recorded music division, a merger that is pending approval from both the European Commission's regulators and the FTC's regulators in the United States. The company's parent organization, Vivendi, recently lost CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy -- who stepped down in June -- while chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou has taken more of a leadership role  over the proposed deal within the past week.
Universal also topped Sony to lead the tight race for highest mid-year market share, according to Nielsen SoundScan .