Frédéric Voillemot rises at Universal Music Group, where he’s named chief financial officer and executive VP of business development for Africa, Middle East & Asia (AMEA).
Based in London, Voillemot will serve as a key member of UMG’s AMEA team and work closely with digital and legal to “ensure a cohesive commercial approach across the region,” reads a statement on his promotion.
For the past five years, Voillemot has overseen the major music giant’s corporate development and strategy team.
In his new role, he reports to Adam Granite, executive VP of market development, and, as a senior member of UMG’s global finance team, he’ll liaise with Boyd Muir, UMG’s executive VP, CFO & president of operations, and Philippe Flageul, UMG’s executive VP & controller.
“Fred is a highly respected and experienced member of UMG’s global finance team, where he has overseen significant acquisitions that have helped shape the company’s business strategy,” Granite comments.
“In my dealings with Fred over the years, I have witnessed his intelligence, leadership, strategic acumen and his tenaciousness and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have him as a central member of my team.”
Until now, Voillemot was UMG’s senior VP of corporate development & strategy, based in Santa Monica. In that role, he was “instrumental in some of UMG’s most transformative corporate and artist deals,” a statement reads, including the Ingrooves and Epic Rights agreements.
Prior to joining UMG, Voillemot was director of corporate internal audit & special projects at Vivendi — UMG’s former 100% owner — and, earlier, he gained experience in mergers and acquisitions roles in Paris at UBS Investment Bank and Lazard Frères.
“I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter, where I’ll be able to leverage my experience to further develop UMG’s high growth markets,” Voillemot comments, “and work with the excellent teams that Adam has already assembled to capitalize on the extraordinary breadth of opportunities in those regions.”