Universal City, CA, October 1, 2008 — Paul West has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Studio & Vault Operations for Universal Music Logistics, it was announced today by Vincent Freda, Executive Vice President, Digital Logistics and Business Services.

Based in Hollywood, Mr. West will continue to oversee Universal Music Group’s studio and vault interests, including the three Universal Mastering Studios locations in the US and the legendary Disa Recording Studio in Monterrey, Mexico. He is responsible for the company’s Vault Services, including archive preservation and technology security implementations, while also overseeing the design and implementation of advanced digital production methodologies for Universal Music Group’s digital assets. During his time developing the studios, Mr. West has assembled an unparalleled audio engineering staff of multiple Grammy winners and nominees. He most recently served as Vice President of the division.

“Paul is an accomplished creative executive who has not only been instrumental in growing our business operations but has also built one of the best studio teams in the industry,” said Mr. Freda. “I look forward to Paul’s future contributions in this expanded role.”

Mr. West has been with the company for nearly twenty years and has been a leader in developing standard archive formatting techniques in advance of many industry competitors. He is also currently working with the Library of Congress in creating a preservation policy for new forms of media.

About Universal Music Group Distribution

Universal Music Logistics is a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, the industry market share leader for the past ten years consisting of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment (VE), and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal Records South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca Label Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Emusica, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, VI Music, La Calle Records, Sybersound, Hidden Beach, Palm Pictures, and Universal Music Christian Group among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, VE is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile.

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, 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 eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.