GEOFF MAYFIELD APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION
Universal City, California, November 6, 2008 — Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) the award-winning sales, marketing and distribution division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has appointed Geoff Mayfield to Vice President of Business Analysis and Research. The announcement was made today by Todd von Mende, Chief Financial Officer for UMGD, to whom Mr. Mayfield reports. Based in Universal City, Mr. Mayfield will be responsible for managing the staffs of the Business Analysis and Research department, as well as their related projects.
Mr. Mayfield joins UMGD from Billboard Magazine where he has enjoyed an illustrious 23-year career with the publication. As Director of Charts/Senior Analyst, he was responsible for Billboard’s menu of more than 160 weekly charts, including more than 100 US music and video charts. During his tenure, the magazine added more than 70 domestic charts to its repertoire, including Top Digital Albums, Hot RingMasters, as well as the launch of Billboard’s Ringtone charts. He also oversaw the conversion of chart methodologies from ranked reports to specific and objective airplay and sales data, as well as the inclusion of internet streamed, on-demand content as a factor in the Billboard Hot 100. "We are extremely fortunate to have Geoff, one of the world’s pre-eminent chart analysts, as part of UMGD,” said Mr. von Mende. “Geoff brings years of insight to this role and we look forward to the unique perspective he can bring to the company, as well as our family of labels and their artists.”Mr. Mayfield began his career as Managing Editor of a Columbus-based entertainment magazine, Focus, before becoming the Music Director and Announcer for Jazz radio station WBBY. Following that he was Media Communications Specialist for the advertising department at national chain Camelot Music. He received his BA from Otterbein College.
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past ten years and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal Records South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip–O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Emusica, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, VI Music, La Calle Records, Sybersound, Hidden Beach, Palm Pictures, and Universal Music Christian Group among many others. Fontana is the company's independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, VE is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group's digital assets, including mobile.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world's leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry's leading global music publishing operation. Universal Music Group's record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, 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 includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their recordings. UMG's catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the US) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the US.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty–First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.