ROB WELLS IS APPOINTED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DIGITAL AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP INTERNATIONAL
Exec promoted as Universal Music U.K. takes four of the year’s top five digital albums
LONDON, October 6, 2006 — Rob Wells has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Digital, for Universal Music Group International (UMGI), based in London. The appointment, which takes immediate effect, was announced today by Max Hole, Executive Vice President, Marketing and A&R, at UMGI, to whom he will report.
In this newly created post, Wells will be responsible for directing and executing all aspects of UMGI’s digital strategy. His appointment completes an important phase in the integration of the company’s new media and mobile units into the Digital division, which began earlier this year.
For the past two years, Wells has been Divisional Director, Digital Services, at Universal Music U.K., which he joined in November 2000. He has established the company as a world-class player in digital, positioning it firmly ahead of the competition.
For the first nine months of 2006, Universal Music U.K. took four of the top five best-selling digital albums, including the year’s No. 1, “Eyes Open” by Snow Patrol, according to statistics from the Official U.K. Chart Company.
In addition to his new responsibilities, Wells will continue to be responsible for Universal Music U.K.’s digital operations.
Max Hole commented, “I am very pleased that Rob has accepted this new role at UMGI. He’s an outstanding executive who has the respect of his peers inside and outside Universal Music, and who combines an unbeatable knowledge of the digital business with an incredible enthusiasm and love for music.”
Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group International, said, “Rob has been a digital pioneer at Universal Music U.K., pushing the company – and the industry – forward through innovation and dedication. He and his team have produced significant results, supporting our entire artist roster with industry-leading promotion and marketing. Now Rob has the opportunity to work with our companies worldwide to take it all further. He’s a great guy and he deserves this promotion.”
Rob Wells commented, “My upgrade is as exciting as it will be challenging. I’m looking forward to driving the international digital business forward for Universal Music, as well as unlocking the opportunities that the less digitally developed territories provide.”
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations. Universal Music Group International is the division that manages UMG’s businesses in countries outside of North America.
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, Machete 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.