UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION PROMOTES CANDACE BERRY TO EVP AND GM, UNIVERSAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION
Los Angeles, California, May 23, 2011 – Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the award-winning sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group, has promoted Candace Berry to Executive Vice President & General Manager of Universal Music Distribution (UMD). The announcement was made today by Jim Urie, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMGD to whom Ms. Berry reports. Previously, Ms. Berry served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company.
In this expanded role, Ms. Berry will be responsible for managing UMGD’s physical and digital distribution businesses and working closely with Universal Music’s family of labels and operating companies. She will lead the company’s sales efforts with such key partners as Apple, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, VEVO and Rhapsody, among many others. Ms. Berry will also continue to oversee UMD’s sales and label marketing teams.
“Since joining our company, Candace has shown her expertise in developing creative, successful sales initiatives that have been marked by real innovation and enhanced revenues for our artists and labels,” stated Mr. Urie. “As we continue to expand our reach even further into the digital marketplace, seeking out more opportunities for our artists and business partners across multiple online, mobile and social media sales platforms, Candace’s leadership and strategic thinking will play an important role.”
“By offering the most extensive suite of services in the business, along with a roster of artists and an executive team that are second to none, UMGD is best positioned to take full advantage of the many new opportunities emerging in this challenging marketplace,” added Ms. Berry. “I am grateful to Jim for this new role, and for the opportunity to work with our team to discover new ways to distribute our artists’ music and offer our artists and partners the best ways to reach consumers.”
Prior to joining UMGD, Ms. Berry served as head of sales for Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA), where she spearheaded sales and marketing efforts on behalf of such chart-topping artists as U2, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, Mary J. Blige, Pussycat Dolls, Eminem, Sting and Sheryl Crow, among many others. Prior to joining IGA, Ms. Berry served as Vice President of Sales at Zoo Records and also held a number of positions with BMG Distribution National Marketing as well as Arista Regional Sales.