HARLOW JOINS UNIVERSAL MUSIC IN KEY MARKETING POST
Former V2 Music CEO Appointed Senior Vice President at Market Leader
London, England, January 10, 2008 – Tony Harlow has been named as Senior Vice President of International Marketing at Universal Music Group International (UMGI), effective from Jan. 1. The appointment was announced today by Max Hole, Executive Vice President, UMGI, to whom he reports.
Based in London, Harlow assumes responsibility for all of UMGI’s international marketing activities. He will oversee the company’s headquarters marketing team, including Hassan Choudhury, VP, Marketing, UK Repertoire; Mark Crossingham, GM, Concord/Fantasy/Hear Music; Kate Farmer, VP, Non-UK/Non-US Repertoire; Lee Ellen Newman, VP, Promotions and Artist Relations; and Olivier Robert-Murphy, VP, Strategic Marketing and DVD.
Harlow will also liaise closely with UMGI’s Gabriela Carrilho, VP, International Marketing, Latin America, and Yvonne Yuen, VP, International Marketing, South East Asia. He will supervise Co-op Music, the independent labels network, headed by Vincent Clery-Melin.
Harlow’s new position includes a number of responsibilities previously held by Max Hole, who will concentrate on his ongoing role as UMGI’s Executive VP and President of the Asia Pacific Region.
Harlow joins UMGI with 20 years’ music industry experience, most recently as Chief Executive of the V2 Music Group. From 1989-2002, he worked for EMI, including UK and international marketing posts. In 1997, he was appointed Managing Director of EMI’s operations in Australia, where he rebuilt the local artist roster and the Virgin label.
In 2002, Harlow was recruited at Richard Branson’s request to join V2 as worldwide CEO, a role which included the roster rebuild, creation of Co-op Music and catalogue acquisitions. In 2007, he oversaw the sale of V2 to Universal Music and its integration with the latter company.
Max Hole commented, “We are very fortunate to be able to bring such a talented, versatile music man as Tony into our senior management team in London. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with him as we refine and strengthen our international marketing strategies.”
Tony Harlow said, “It will be a huge step to move back into such an exciting company, brimming with new music, and with an unrivalled worldwide platform. I’m truly looking forward to the experiences and challenges it will bring to me personally, and to the chance to work with Max and the excellent team he has assembled. Times are challenging but more than ever, everyone realises the importance of gathering whatever sales are to be had everywhere.”
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s largest global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Emarcy, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal South Records 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 Global Digital Initiatives.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.