UMG Appoints Sam Jackson to EVP of Global Classics and Jazz Group
Universal Music Group has appointed radio industry veteran Sam Jackson to the newly created role of executive vice president, global classics and jazz.
Universal Music Group has appointed radio industry veteran Sam Jackson to the newly created role of executive vice president, global classics and jazz. Jackson will report to Dickon Stainer, CEO of a global classics and jazz division that houses iconic imprints such as Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Blue Note and Verve.
Based in London, Jackson will work with the division’s leaderships team on matters ranging from international marketing, content creation, digital innovation and brand expansion.
Jackson’s move to UMG follows a 15-year tenure at UK commercial radio giant Global, where he rose to senior managing editor in charge of three of its top stations — Smooth, Gold and Classic FM. He is also the best-selling author of books on classical music and parenting, including Diary of a Desperate Dad.
“I’m delighted that such an experienced and forward-thinking executive has joined the Global Classics and Jazz division at this pivotal moment in the era of fan engagement,” said Stainer. “Sam has a broad and pioneering track record of success in attracting diverse audience sectors to different types of music and his experience will help us provide expertise and insight for our world-renowned and developing artists.”
Added Jackson, “Over the last 15 years, I have been extremely fortunate to work closely with the team at Universal Music – a fantastic group of people who are so clearly committed to serving audiences with the finest recordings. In this digital age, there has never been a better opportunity for classical music and jazz to be enjoyed by an even broader audience, and I cannot wait to work with the team and their outstanding artists.”