LONDON, 20 NOVEMBER 2013 – Gabriela Lopes has been appointed Senior Vice President Global Insight, effective January 1 2014. Based in London, Lopes reports jointly to Andrew Kronfeld, President Global Marketing and Rob Wells, President Global Digital.

Lopes joins Universal Music from international music industry association IFPI where she has been Director of Market Research for the last six years. In this new global role she will lead Universal Music’s insight team who manage one of the most powerful and effective data sets and research capabilities in the music industry. As well as utilising sales and other commercial data the insight tools include analysis gathered from over a million interviews with consumers around the world, delivering unique detail into the evolving attitudes and behaviour of today’s music fans.

Andrew Kronfeld said: “Insight and analysis is a key capability for our people around the world now as we are continually looking at how we can create and deliver ever more effective and impactful campaigns for our artists. We’ve got a lot of ambition and plans for this part of our business and are delighted that Gabi, with all her experience and skills in this crucial area, is joining Universal Music Group to head our insight team.”

Rob Wells said: “The digital transformation of our business has led to an explosion in the amount and quality of data we now have available to do our jobs. Gabi has overseen the industry’s definitive global market research and analysis during this transformative process which gives her an excellent understanding of our business and how best to use data and insight to inform decisions and strategy.”

Lopes said: “I am delighted to be joining Universal Music Group. The importance the company is putting on data and insight is extremely positive. The Universal Music insight team, tools and research capabilities are the best in the industry and I very much look forward to working with them to contribute to the continued success of the company and its incredible artists.”

After working in a number of music labels around the world including EastWest Records in London, Atlantic Records in New York and Warner Music in Mexico, Lopes joined IFPI’s research team in London in 2001. She was promoted to head the department in 2007 and since then has radically improved the reporting of IFPI’s global music industry information which is trusted around the world as the primary public source of analysis, research and statistics on music market trends and consumption. Lopes introduced industry-wide tracking of new revenue streams such as digital sales, performance rights and licensing income, and has overseen the Recording Industry in Numbers publication, the authoritative source of global recorded music market information which is published every year.


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/Octone, 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.