New York, New York, March 15, 2010 – Universal Motown Republic Group (UMRG) has promoted Wayne Chernin to Senior Vice President of Sales and Field Marketing, it was announced today by the company’s Chairman Mel Lewinter, Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone and Universal Republic President & CEO Monte Lipman. Formerly, Mr. Chernin served as Vice President of Sales & Field Marketing for the company.
Based in New York, Mr. Chernin will oversee all of the label group’s sales activities, while spearheading extensive retail marketing efforts for both Universal Motown and Universal Republic.
“As we further our leadership in the marketplace, we are continuing to reorganize and strengthen our operations and services to our artists and business partners,” stated Mr. Lewinter. “Wayne’s understanding of today’s retail landscape, record of building sales teams that deliver results and music savvy make him the best choice to lead our sales efforts.”
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and for the continued support, encouragement and leadership of Mel, Sylvia and Monte,” added Mr. Chernin. “I would also like to thank Pat Monaco (General Manager, Universal Motown) who has been a major influence in my career growth. UMRG is poised for great success thanks to a first-rate staff, a dynamic roster of talent and a real progressive approach to the digital marketplace.”
Mr. Chernin began his tenure in the music industry at Polygram, where he held numerous positions, eventually becoming Vice President of Sales for Island Records. Throughout his career, he has worked with a broad array of artists, from such multi-platinum sellers as U2, Melissa Etheridge, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, 3 Doors Down , Erykah Badu and Godsmack, to newcomers Melanie Fiona and Owl City, among many others.
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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 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, Show Dog–Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino 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 catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue 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.
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