London, January 17, 2013 – Max Hole, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG International, announced today that Elizabeth Sobol is joining the Decca Label Group, USA, as President and CEO. Based in New York, Sobol will join the company on April 15th and will be responsible for the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury Classics labels in the USA.

Currently Managing Director of IMG Artists North and South America, Sobol brings to the Decca Label Group a wealth of experience from running IMG Artists, where she was a key player since the company’s founding in overseeing its growth into the world’s largest international performing arts management agency representing over 500 of the world’s premier classical, jazz, world music and dance artists.

As well as acting as personal manager to artists including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet, Sobol has produced numerous recordings and theatre projects, co-created and programmed the Festival of the Arts BOCA and lead the diversification of IMG Artists from a classical music agency into a multi-genre agency. Sobol created IMG Artists’ Dance, Latin Music and World Music/Jazz/Attractions divisions, as well as sourcing and signing 40 new non-classical artists.

Sobol will report to Max Hole who commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Elizabeth to the Decca Label Group where her passion for music, innovation and creativity make her the ideal choice to develop the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury Classics’ labels in the US.” 

Sobol said: “It is difficult to adequately express my excitement about working with Max Hole, the Decca Label Group team and all the great artists at Universal and with them, to build the best and most creative set of music labels in America.  I have had a rich and rewarding time at IMG Artists and look forward to continued collaboration in the future”. 

About Decca Label Group

Decca Label Group is the division of Universal Music Group that’s responsible for all marketing, promotion and distribution of the Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury Classics recordings in the U.S.

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 record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin 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.