A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg
A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned.
The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorgen Larsen on July 1, has elevated several UMGI senior executives to new functions.
Grainge has also unveiled the name-change of the division of which he is in charge. Previously known as Universal Music International, it will now be known as Universal Music Group International, in line with the name of parent company Universal Music Group.
London-based Grainge has put in place a management board that will comprise himself, current UMGI executive VP of marketing and A&R Max Hole; Universal Music France & Middle East chairman/CEO Pascal Negre; and UMGI executive VP/CFO Boyd Muir.
UMGI declined comment on these changes. Sources at the company suggest that Grainge has picked well-rounded executives who have been part of Universal's management team for many years and who will be able to deal with the wide range of issues affecting the company without disruption.
"These are executives who know the company, the people and the processes," says a UMGI executive. "There will be no steep learning curve."
In addition to their current roles, all three executives have been given additional responsibilities.
Hole will continue to drive UMGI's London-based international marketing division. In addition, he becomes president of a new Asia-Pacific region. Reporting to him are Tokyo-based Kei Ishizaka (Japan), Hong Kong-based Harry Hui (South East Asia), Sydney-based George Ash (Australia), Auckland-based Adam Holt (New Zealand), and Johannesburg-based Harry Voerman (South Africa).
Zurich-based UMGI president of Central & Eastern Europe Vico Antippas, who used to report to Larsen, will now report to Hole.
Paris-based Negre adds to his stripes a new Mediterranean and South America region. Reporting to him are Miami-based Jesus Lopez -- who overseas Latin America, Spain and Portugal -- and Milan-based Universal Music Italy CEO Piero La Falce.
Lopez will continue to report to Universal Music Group president/COO Zach Horowitz for all businesses related to the activities of Universal Music Latino and Mexico.
London-based Muir will take an expanded commercial role under the new structure and will have responsibility over human resources and asset management.
Several executives will continue to report to Grainge. They include Hilversum, Netherlands-based Theo Roos (Benelux/Nordic); Berlin-based Frank Briegmann (Germany); London and New York-based Chris Roberts (classics & jazz international); and London-based Bert Cloeckaert (strategic marketing & commercial affairs), Richard Constant (general counsel) and Adam White (Communications).
The senior executives at Universal Music U.K. & Ireland will continue to report to Grainge, who stays in charge of UMGI's British operations.
Alongside this new management structure, Grainge has set up an international management committee, which will meet quarterly. Its members are: Antippas, Briegmann, Cloeckaert, Constant, Hui, Ishizaka, Lopez, Roberts, Roos as well as Universal Music U.K. Clive Fisher and Polydor U.K. MD David Joseph.
This committee will "assist the management board in the development, communication and implementation of UMGI strategy," according to an internal note seen by Billboard.biz.
In the note, Grainge said, "We are putting new focus on three regional divisions to benefit both our locally-signed artists within those regions and the international artists whose sales we are driving around the world."