Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Michael Alexander to senior vice president of Island Def Jam, International, Motown, and Republic Records, announced chairman and CEO of the company’s East Coast labels (which include all the aforementioned labels), Barry Weiss. Alexander was formerly vice president of Island Def Jam.
“With Mike, you have a true creative executive who thinks globally,” wrote Weiss in a press statement. “His ability to craft intelligent international campaigns for our artists has proven to be an invaluable resource when it comes to the artist’s success around the world.”
Previously, Alexander worked on the campaigns of artists like Fall Out Boy, Rihanna, the Kilers, and Kanye West. In his expanded role he will oversee the campaigns of artists under UMG’s East Coast labels, including international marketing, publicity, and promotions.
“I’m thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” added Alexander. “I’m excited and inspired to continue working with the most talented artists and executives in the industry. I especially want to thank Barry Weiss, Ivan Gavin, Steve Bartels, Monte Lipman, Avery Lipman, and David Massey and I look forward to even greater success in the years to come.”
After starting as an assistant at Island Def Jam in 2005, Alexander spent the next eight years steadily working up the UMG ladder, culminating in his appointment to vice president of IDJ last year.