Junk previously MD of Universal Music Russia.
David Junk has been named GM of Machete Music, a full service label from Universal Music Group dedicated to the Latin urban music market. Junk reports directly to Gus Lopez, president of the company, and is based in Burbank, Calif.
"We're delighted to have someone with David's unique background and skill set join our team to help us take Machete to the next level," stated Lopez. "He's an American who made Universal's company in Russia the market leader. And he signed and developed the biggest selling artist ever in Russia--Tatu-- and found a way to make the group the first act in their country's history to sell millions of units outside of Russia."
Prior to joining Machete, Junk served as managing director of Universal Music Russia. He worked for PolyGram Russia in 1995 and was promoted to managing director in 1999. In 2003, after the merger between Universal and Polygram, his responsibilities extended to include Universal Music Group International’s licensees in the former Eastern Bloc.
Machete's roster includes Don Omar, Wisin y Yandel, Abusivo, Malverde, Glory, Noztra, Luna and Hector “El Father” among others.