FRANCIS KEELING APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT, DIGITAL, AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP INTERNATIONAL
London, April 6 2009 – Francis Keeling has been promoted to Vice President, Digital, at Universal Music Group International (UMGI). The appointment was announced today by Rob Wells, Senior Vice President, Digital, UMGI, to whom he will report.
Keeling, 36, was previously Head of Commercial, Digital, at Universal Music UK, which he joined in 2002.
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company. UMGI is the division which manages its businesses in more than 50 countries outside North America.
In his new post, based in London, Keeling will be responsible for managing UMGI’s commercial relationships with various business partners, including its ongoing discussions with ISPs about new music services.
Rob Wells commented, “Our international digital business has been the industry standard over the past three years, which is largely thanks to the team which works here. This appointment reflects the excellent business contributions Francis has made, including a key role in developing our partnerships with Nokia, BSkyB and Orange. His promotion is well-deserved.”
Francis Keeling said: “With our incredible roster of artists, Universal Music is in a unique position to drive the thirst for digital music. I am very excited to continue working with new and existing business partners to unlock the potential for the industry at this challenging time.”
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 A&M/Octone, 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 U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). 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.