President of North America
Universal Music Publishing Group
In November 1998, then-EMI Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier (see No. 4) promoted senior VP Evan Lamberg to executive VP of creative for North America. More than 13 years later, Lamberg has emerged as one of publishing’s most powerful deal-makers. And as North America president of Universal Music Publishing Group, he’s going head-to-head with former boss Bandier, who’s now helming Sony/ATV. Lamberg, who joined UMPG in 2009 as executive VP of creative for the East Coast, was promoted to his current post in October, and moved quickly to install a new leadership team, promoting Brian Lambert to executive VP/head of film and TV music, Monti Olson to executive VP/head of pop and rock music for creative and David Kokakis to senior VP/head of business and legal affairs/business development. Lamberg is also part of a global board of other top UMPG executives tasked with maximizing opportunities for the company’s songwriters throughout the world. With UMPG currently the second-largest publisher with annual global revenue of 662 euroes million ($877 million) in 2010, up from 659 euros million in the prior year, Lamberg’s recent promotion makes him a prime candidate to eventually assume worldwide stewardship of the company.
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