NEW YORK, NY, September 6, 2013 – Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Michael Alexander to Senior Vice President of International, Island Def Jam, Motown and Republic Records, it was announced today by Barry Weiss, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, East Coast Labels, to whom Mr. Alexander reports. UMG’s East Coast Labels include Island Def Jam, Motown and Republic Records. Formerly, Mr. Alexander served as Vice President, International, Island Def Jam. He is based in New York City.

In this expanded role, Mr. Alexander will oversee artist campaigns under the East Coast Labels umbrella, including the marketing, publicity and promotion functions outside of the US.  He has worked closely on global efforts for Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, The Killers, and Fall Out Boy, among many others.

Commented Mr. Weiss, “With Mike, you have a true creative executive who thinks globally.  His ability to craft intelligent international campaigns for our artists has proven to be an invaluable resource when it comes to the artist’s success around the world.”

“I’m thrilled for this incredible opportunity,” said Mr. Alexander, “and I’m excited and inspired to continue working with the most talented artists and executives in the industry. I especially want to thank Barry Weiss, Ivan Gavin, Steve Bartels, Monte Lipman, Avery Lipman, and David Massey and I look forward to even greater success in the years to come.”

Mr. Alexander has spent his entire career within the UMG family, having started as an assistant at Island Def Jam in 2005.  He then spent the next 8 years working in positions of increasing responsibility until early 2012, when he was made Vice President, International for IDJ.


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