Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Germany in Berlin, has been appointed president of Universal Music Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the classical label Deutsche Grammophon.
The promotion was announced by Lucian Grainge, chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), and Max Hole, Executive VP, UMGI. Briegmann reports to Max Hole.
For the past six years, Briegmann has been president and CEO of Universal Music Germany. He takes over the operational responsibility for the classical label Deutsche Grammophon, where he will work together with president Michael Lang. In addition to his new responsibility for Austria and Switzerland he will continue as president and CEO of Universal Music Germany.
Hannes Eder, managing director Universal Music Switzerland and Ivo Sacchi, managing director Austria, will report to Briegmann.
Universal says it is No. 1 in Germany with a year-to-date album market share of 40.6%, compared to 28.4% in 2004. The major said its domestic artist market share has grown by more than 40% in six years. It has had success with Tokio Hotel, Ich+Ich, Adoro, Semino Rossi, Unheilig and the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena.
“This promotion recognizes the significant growth and dynamic leadership which Frank has brought to our Germany business,” said Grainge in a statement. “Not only have he and his team increased our market share in a challenging, competitive environment, but they have also led the way in developing new business strategies, especially in the digital arena, and in breaking new artists.”
Hole added: “The sensational Eurovision result is a perfect example of Frank’s accomplishments, with Lena’s single ‘Satellite’ now breaking across Europe and with album sales already exceeding 400,000.”
Briegmann is “confident that our artists will benefit from the synergies of even closer cooperation with the teams around Hannes in Austria and Ivo in Switzerland.”
Briegmann left Bertelsmann Music in 2004 to join Universal.