MIKE DUNGAN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN & CEO OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC NASHVILLE ENTERTAINMENT
Nashville, TN, February 29, 2012 — Universal Music Group (UMG) announced today that Mike Dungan has been appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment. Mr. Dungan will succeed current Chairman & CEO Luke Lewis, who has decided to focus on launching a new music venture in partnership with UMG, with details to be announced shortly. Mr. Dungan will begin with UMG on May 1 and Mr. Lewis will continue to lead Universal Music Nashville until then. The announcement was made today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of UMG, and Zach Horowitz, President & COO of the company, to whom Mr. Dungan co-reports.
“UMG is committed to expanding opportunities for artists on Music Row and Mike’s appointment is testament to that fact,” stated Mr. Grainge. “He is one of music’s most formidable creative executives, whose determination, talent and passion for music have given rise to the careers of countless superstar artists. We’re delighted to welcome him to the UMG family.”
“I am thrilled to join the Universal team, honored to represent the fine roster of artists under the storied MCA, Mercury, and Lost Highway labels, and proud to have the opportunity to expand on the great legacy that Luke Lewis has built,” said Mr. Dungan.
“Mike is one of the best music executives in the business, with a great eye for talent, great ear for songs and great instincts for artist development,” commented Mr. Horowitz. “We’re thrilled he has chosen to make UMG his home.”
“During his long, successful tenure leading our Nashville family of labels, Luke has been a bold maverick in applying fresh new approaches to nurture and break country artists,” added Mr. Grainge. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with him.”
Credited as one of the leading executives behind country music’s broadening appeal, Mr. Dungan has for the last twelve years served as President & CEO of Capitol Nashville, where he assembled a stylistically diverse roster of superstars, including Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Trace Adkins.
Mr. Dungan joined Capitol from Arista Records where he held a number of positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager for Arista Nashville. He was instrumental in developing the careers of artists including Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, Pam Tillis, Diamond Rio, the Tractors and BlackHawk. Prior to that he held a variety of promotion, sales, and marketing positions with Arista, RCA Records and BMG Distribution.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 59 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Motown, Universal Music Latino, Universal Republic 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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 worldwide merchandising company.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.