London, 1 March 2002: Adam White has been appointed Vice President, Communications of Universal Music International (UMI), the London-based headquarters responsible for the Universal Music Group’s activities outside North America. He will report to Jorgen Larsen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UMI, and will work closely with Bob Bernstein, Senior VP, Corporate Communications, Universal Music Group, based in Los Angeles. Adam White succeeds Lisa Bond, who has left the company.

The appointment is effective April 2nd 2002, and White will oversee all of UMI’s corporate communications and media relations outside North America. Although based in London, he will work closely with the existing communications executives in UMI’s business units and regional headquarters around the world.

Commenting on Adam White’s appointment, Jorgen Larsen said, “I am delighted that we have been able to persuade Adam to join UMI in this important communications role. I have known Adam for about 15 years and have always considered him one of the most responsible and intelligent journalists in the music industry and someone who would go for the substance of a story rather than just its popular appeal. Moving ahead, we are obviously facing a number of hard business issues as well as problems concerning the perception of our industry by various key constituencies, and I am convinced that Adam will be able to play a major role in formulating and executing the strategies necessary for transforming our company to fit into our future business environment”.

Adam White said, “It’s a remarkable time to be in the music business, given the amount of change taking place. I’m looking forward to life “inside the tent”, and there’s no bigger or better tent than Universal. For me, there couldn’t be a greater professional challenge.”

White has been international editor-in-chief of Billboard for the past 12 years, and has worked in the music business for 30 years in London and New York. He has held senior editorial posts at Radio & Records and Music Week as well as Billboard, and written for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Times (London), New York Post, Television Business International, Melody Maker and New Musical Express. Earlier in his career, he worked in public relations in London.

White also co-authored The Billboard Book Of No. 1 Rhythm & Blues Hits, and has compiled and annotated dozens of albums of rock and R&B history. These include “The Story of Motown: The First 25 Years,” which was nominated for a Grammy award.

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 63 countries around the world. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, MCA Records, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.