UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE PROMOTES BEN KLINE TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, MARKETING & NEW MEDIA
Nashville, Tennessee, October 23, 2006 - Universal Music Group Nashville has promoted Ben Kline to Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and New Media, it was announced today by the company's Chairmen Luke Lewis, James Stroud and General Manager, Ken Robold. Formerly, Kline served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the company.
Based in Nashville, Kline will continue to oversee all of the label group's sales activities, while spearheading extensive marketing and new media efforts for such artists as Sugarland, Vince Gill, Billy Currington, Julie Roberts and George Strait, among many others. Kline will continue to report to Ken Robold.
Co-Chairman Luke Lewis states, "This entire company joins me in congratulating Ben on this promotion. He is a consummate professional and continues to help lead us through the complexities of an ever-changing marketplace."
Robold added, "Ben's knowledge of the many facets of the business, coupled with his tremendous growth as an executive, make this position a natural progression. We are very pleased to make this appointment."
"I am very fortunate to be working for and with the most talented and creative people in this industry. As this business continues to re-invent itself, I am grateful to have the opportunities and responsibilities that Luke, James and Ken continue to provide me," says Kline.
Prior to joining Universal Music Group Nashville, Kline began his tenure in the music industry at PolyGram Group Distribution, where he held numerous positions, eventually becoming director of East Coast Sales for Island Records. With a passion for country music, he later segued to Nashville, joining Mercury Records as National Sales Director. He quickly moved up the ranks, eventually earning his VP stripes. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in the success of such multi-platinum selling artists as Shania Twain, U2 and Toby Keith, among many others.
Kline is a graduate of Economics from the University of Albany.
Universal Music Group Nashville, comprised of Mercury, MCA Nashville and Lost Highway Records, is a division of Universal Music Group, the world's largest leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machette Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.