LONDON/BERLIN, June 15, 2010– One of the Universal Music Group’s most successful European executives has been promoted to an international post. With effect from July 1, Frank Briegmann becomes President, Universal Music Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Deutsche Grammophon.
The appointment was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), and Max Hole, Executive VP, UMGI. Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company. UMGI is the division which manages its businesses in more than 50 countries outside North America.
Mr. Briegmann has been President and CEO of Universal Music Germany for the past six years. It is the No. 1 company, with a year-to-date current album market share of 40.6% in 2010, compared to 28.4% in 2004 –and with a domestic-artist market share which has grown by more than 40% during the past six years. The company’s success is attributable to such new artists as Tokio Hotel, Ich+Ich, Adoro, Semino Rossi, Unheilig and the exciting young winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Lena.
Mr. Briegmann will take over operational responsibility for Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s most renowned classical music company, and for Universal Music companies in Austria and Switzerland. He will continue to lead the No. 1 music company in Germany. Mr. Briegmann joined Universal Music in 2004 from the Bertelsmann Music Group.
At Deutsche Grammophon, President Michael Lang will continue to head this flagship classical label, working with Mr. Briegmann to grow its business and pre-eminence internationally. Hannes Eder, Managing Director of Universal Music Austria, and Ivo Sacchi, Managing Director of Universal Music Switzerland, will continue the success of their companies, under Mr. Briegmann’s leadership.
Lucian Grainge said, “This promotion recognises the significant growth and dynamic leadership which Frank has brought to our Germany business. Not only have he and his team increased our market share in a challenging, competitive environment, but they have also led the way in developing new business strategies, especially in the digital arena, and in breaking new artists.”
Max Hole commented, “The sensational Eurovision result is a perfect example of Frank’s accomplishments, with Lena’s single ‘Satellite’ now breaking across Europe and with album sales already exceeding 400,000. What’s more, Universal Music Germany has delivered first-half success this year with domestic artists such as rock crossover act Unheilig, soul/funk/hiphop act Jan Delay, and hiphop/dancehall combo Culcha Candela. Frank’s team continues to outstrip the competition.”
Frank Briegmann said: “I am grateful to Lucian and Max for the trust placed in me. I am looking forward to the increased responsibility, and I am confident that our artists will benefit from the synergies of even closer cooperation with the teams around Hannes in Austria and Ivo in Switzerland. In particular, I am looking forward to working with Michael and his team and the internationally successful artists associated with Deutsche Grammophon. It is a company with a historic tradition and a reputation for the highest standards of excellence in the classical field.”
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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 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; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.
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