New York, NY, Monday, June 15, 2009 – Universal Republic Records has promoted Tom Mackay to Executive Vice President of A&R. It was announced today by Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic Records and Avery Lipman, Co-President & COO, Universal Republic Records. Formerly, he served as Senior Vice President of A&R for the label.

In this expanded role, Mr. Mackay will be responsible for securing and cultivating new talent in all genres of music for the label. Mr. Mackay will continue to be based in New York City and will report directly to Monte and Avery Lipman.

“Tom is an extremely gifted A&R executive who has demonstrated in every way his commitment to our artists and their music,” said Monte Lipman. “He has an amazing ear for talent and possesses invaluable creative insight, nurturing our diverse roster and helping to forge Universal Republic into a vital and powerful musical force.”

“I’ve been fortunate to have worked with Monte Lipman for a great part of my career,” stated Mr. Mackay. “He and Avery have built the rarest of labels where the artists’ vision still comes first. I’m honored by their continuing support, and grateful for the opportunity to come to work each day and align my efforts with this great Universal Republic team.”

Mr. Mackay began his A&R career at Universal Records, serving as Vice President of the department. He has worked with such artists as 3 Doors Down, Hinder, Erin McCarley, Eli Young Band and Steel Panther. Mr. Mackay also served as A&R Consultant for Moby’s 2005 critically acclaimed release, “Hotel.”

About Universal Republic

Universal Republic Records is a division of Universal Music Group, 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 A&M/Octone, 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, 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.