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Universal Music Group Commercial Partnership Head Candace Berry to Retire

Candace Berry
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Candace Berry

"We will forever be thankful to Candace for her steady leadership during one of the most transformative periods in the history of the music industry,” said UMG executive vp Michele Anthony.

Candace Berry, who has headed Universal Music Group’s Commercial Partnership Division since 2011, is retiring from the company to spend more time with her family, according to a memo circulated to staffers from UMG executive vp Michele Anthony.   

“We will forever be thankful to Candace for her steady leadership during one of the most transformative periods in the history of the music industry,” Anthony stated in the memo, which was obtained by Billboard. “As a female executive, Candace broke countless glass ceilings, mentored many young women and was regularly recognized by Billboard and others for her role as a pioneer in our industry. To say that she will be missed would be an understatement."   

Berry has a 30-plus year career in the music business, working her way up through the ranks after working as a regional sales and marketing representative for Arista Records. Soon she was vp of sales at Zoo Records and from there jumped to Interscope, where she eventually headed up sales.   

In early 2010, Berry left Interscope but stayed within UMG to become executive vp of sales and marketing for Universal Music Group Distribution. That division’s name was retired in 2015. 

Following Candace's departure, Jeff Stoltz, senior vp commercial partnerships, will lead the department on an interim basis and the distributed label marketing functions will now report to Andrew Kronfeld, according to the memo.    

"We cannot thank [Berry] enough for her countless contributions to our company and our industry throughout the years," Anthony's note concludes. "We wish Candace and her family all great things in her much-deserved retirement. "

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