GREG THOMPSON NAMED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
HIGHLY-RESPECTED INDUSTRY VETERAN TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN REBUILDING OF COMPANY
Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2013 – Greg Thompson has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, it was announced today by Steve Barnett, Chairman and CEO of the company. In his new position, Thompson serves as a senior member of Barnett’s executive team, overseeing Sales, Promotion, Marketing, Publicity, Creative Services & Video Production, Digital Planning & Production, Strategic Research and Insight, as well as shepherding the company’s brand partnerships through its in-house agency. Thompson has relocated to Hollywood, CA and is based in the company’s iconic Capitol Tower.
According to Barnett, “I was highly aware of Greg’s accomplishments and stellar reputation within the industry before I came to Capitol, knowing he was instrumental in the success of Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, Coldplay and David Guetta, among others. I realized very quickly that Greg would be a key member of my senior team as we build the new Capitol Music Group, and I couldn’t be happier and more grateful that he and his family have made the big move to the west coast. Our artists and the entire Capitol team are fortunate to have Greg as a leader in our company, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”
Thompson commented, “Lucian Grainge clearly had a vision for Capitol’s future, as he hired one of the best music men in the business to lead the rebuilding of this historic label. I am amazed at how Steve’s energy and vision have already begun to reinvigorate Capitol and transform it into a forward thinking, aggressive company that is positioned for huge success. I am honored to be part of Steve’s team and am thrilled to be working with him and everyone here to support our artists and make Capitol the talk of the industry.”
Prior to his new appointment, Thompson was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Promotion for EMI Music North America. He joined EMI as Executive Vice President of North America in 2008 after three years as Executive Vice President of Promotion for Island/Def Jam Records, where he played a key role in the success of artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Killers, Ludacris and Fall Out Boy.
Thompson was previously Senior Vice President of Promotion at Elektra Entertainment Group, before being promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager. During his eleven-year tenure at Elektra, Thompson helped break numerous multi-platinum and gold acts including Busta Rhymes, Staind, Third Eye Blind, Missy Elliot, Natalie Merchant, Metallica, Tracy Chapman, Gerald Levert, JET and Jason Mraz.
He began his career at Chrysalis Records in 1985 as Regional Promotion Manager for the Midwest. Soon after, he was promoted to Vice President of Top 40 Promotion. In 1991, he moved to SBK Records, where he held title of Senior Vice President of Promotion.
Thompson graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications. In addition to being a voting member of NARAS, he is a serving board member of Musicians on Call and previously served on the board of Lifebeat and the UJA.