SANTA MONICA, January 12, 2015
– Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has named veteran business journalist Andy Fixmer to the role of Vice President, Global Communications, effective immediately.

Fixmer, who previously worked at Bloomberg Businessweek and Mashable, among other news outlets, will be based at UMG’s Santa Monica headquarters and report to Will Tanous, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Communications. He will work with UMG’s corporate team, its labels and operating companies around the world on helping communicate the company’s business strategy, public policy initiatives and financial performance, as well as on internal communications.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Andy to our communications team,” Tanous said in making the announcement. “His vast experience as a business journalist combined with a deep understanding of news reporting in the digital age provides us with a unique perspective and skill set that will be a valuable addition to our team.”

“Universal Music Group is leading the music industry in developing exciting new ways for fans to listen to their favorite artists, while at the same time redefining the business models that make that increased access possible,” Fixmer said. “This is an incredibly exciting time to join UMG and I look forward to applying my many years of experience as a journalist to help the company communicate that narrative.”

At Bloomberg, Fixmer covered the entertainment industry, including film, television and music. After eight years at Bloomberg, Fixmer joined Mashable as Special Projects Editor where he helped create multimedia packages of stories and continued to write about the music industry.

Prior to Bloomberg, Fixmer was on staff at the Los Angeles Business Journal, helped launch a free daily newspaper in Santa Monica and started his career at the Times of Trenton in New Jersey. Fixmer also wrote several freelance stories for The New York Times while in college. He graduated in 2000 from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with degrees in history and economics.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, 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 catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue 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 Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.