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Republic Records Promotes Jim Roppo to EVP, General Manager: Exclusive

Jim Roppo
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Jim Roppo

Republic Records marketing veteran Jim Roppo has been promoted to executive vice president and general manager at the Universal Music Group label. Most recently evp of marketing and commerce, Roppo will now oversee all label operations for Republic and its various partners.

"Jim has served as key architect for many campaigns over the years that not only yielded tremendous results, but also made an impact on pop culture," said Republic chairman and CEO Monte Lipman. "His drive, determination, and competitive spirit are intoxicating. In his new role, Jim will have even more latitude to help steer the company into uncharted waters."

Prior to joining Republic in 2012, the 20-year UMG veteran spent 13 years at Island Def Jam Music Group, where he rose to senior vp of sales and worked to break several future superstars, namely Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Kanye West. His first job in music following college was at L.A.'s beloved Aron's Records (RIP), where he worked as the reggae and world music buyer during the late-1980s transition of vinyl to CDs. His major label days began in 1997 at Polygram, which was later bought by Universal.

"Republic has a world-class roster and team," said Roppo. "The leadership is incredible. [Republic Group president] Charlie Walk is a creative force of nature. [Republic Records president/COO] Avery Lipman operates with unmatched finesse and foresight. Monte is the ultimate coach, pushing you to not only meet your potential, but exceed it. A company hallmark is its focus on breaking new artists. That's what inspires me the most. My passion for the business centers around the idea of turning other people on to great music. Republic gives me the opportunity to do just that."

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