UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENTS IN NATIONAL SALES DIVISION
Universal City, CA, April 18, 2007 – Universal Music Distribution (UMD), the award-winning sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has made several key appointments in its National Sales division. This was announced today by Joy Slusarek, Senior Vice President, National Sales, UMD.
Kurt McDermott has been promoted to Vice President of Mass Merchants. Mr. McDermott most recently served as Senior Director of Mass Merchants, UMD.
“Kurt’s strategic experience with major vendors in other industries is valuable as we look to find new and enhanced opportunities with our rack and mass merchant customers,” stated Ms. Slusarek.
Vince Szydlowski has been promoted to Vice President of National Sales. Mr. Szydlowski was most recently Senior Director of Catalog, Classics, Jazz and Associated Labels for UMD, overseeing sales strategy for the various groups.
“Vince has been an integral leader of our catalog initiatives for several years and we are thrilled to capitalize on his skills and expand his scope to help manage our overall national sales efforts,” commented Ms. Slusarek.
Gary Kelly has been appointed Vice President of National Sales. Mr. Kelly comes to the company from Sony BMG where he was Regional Sales Manager for the West Coast and Southwest Regions.
“Gary is a poised leader and also has a natural curiosity that makes him an ideal addition to the UMD sales management team. He has immediately made a strong impact with our labels, accounts and sales staff,” said Ms. Slusarek.
Mr. McDermott, Mr. Szydlowski and Mr. Kelly will all report to Ms. Slusarek.
“The music industry continues to evolve with exciting new technologies and business opportunities and we are committed to addressing the developing needs of our artists and our customers,” added Ms. Slusarek. “These new appointments in our National Sales Division will be a key component in maintaining UMD’s position as the industry leader.”
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past seven years and consists of three major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana and Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E). UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Roadrunner, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Universal Music Classics Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Univision Music Group, Disa, Machete Music, ABKCO, Hollywood, Lideres Entertainment, Lyric Street, RMM, Thump, Ark 21, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, VI Music and Viva Discos. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, and V V E is its home DVD and entertainment division.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 75 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Gramophone, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal South Records 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 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, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.