UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP DISTRIBUTION (UMGD) ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPOINTMENTS FOR LATIN SALES TEAM
Gregg Vickers Appointed Senior Vice President of Latin Sales & Marketing
Los Angeles, CA, June 13, 2008 – Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), the award-winning sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has appointed Gregg Vickers to Senior Vice President of Latin Sales and Marketing. The announcement was made today by Jim Urie, President & CEO of UMGD and to whom Mr. Vickers reports.
Mr. Vickers joins UMGD after a successful sales history in the music industry. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Commercial for EMI Televisa Music, where he managed the company’s commercial business which included all of its physical and digital sales and marketing activities as well as catalog development. Prior to that, Mr. Vickers served as Vice President of National Sales for EMI Latin from 1997-2006. His background also includes senior sales positions with EMI Distribution and CEMA.
“With Gregg, we continue to attract the very best executives in the business,” stated Mr. Urie. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated himself to be a true innovator and business builder who shares our passion for music. He’s a versatile music professional whose understanding of the Latin music sales landscape is second to none. We are all looking forward to working closely with him as we continue to expand and strengthen our Latin music sales activities.”
Also being announced today are Nydia Laner, who has been appointed Vice President of Sales, Fonovisa and Disa, and Eddy Laca, who has been appointed Vice President of Sales, Machete and Universal Latino.
“As we further integrate the dynamic group of labels from our Univision Music acquisition, it is important to have the right creative sales executives on the front lines,” added Mr. Urie. “And there are none better than Nydia and Eddy to super-serve these labels and their artists. Nydia and Eddy are among the very best in the next generation of music sales executives; their creativity, instincts and results-oriented approach have made them real assets to our Latin music sales team and our company overall.”
Most recently, Ms. Laner served as Vice President of Latin Sales for UMGD. Formerly, Ms. Laner held the position of National Sales Director at Aries Music Entertainment where she led the sales of all company products to domestic and Latin accounts, both retail and wholesale. Prior to that, she was National Sales Director of Lideres Entertainment Group where she held similar responsibilities. Ms. Laner has also worked at World Music Distribution/ Caiman Distribution.
Mr. Laca has served as Vice President of Latin Sales for Universal Music Distribution since 2004. Formerly, he was National Director of Latin Sales for Universal Music
Distribution. His background also includes serving as Director of Marketing for RMM Records.
About Universal Music Group Distribution
Universal Music Group Distribution has been the industry market share leader for the past nine years and consists of four major divisions: Universal Music Distribution (UMD), Fontana, Vivendi Entertainment and UMGD Digital. UMD handles the distribution and sales for such labels as Universal Motown Republic Group, Island Def Jam Music Group, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, A&M/Octone Records, MCA Nashville, Universal South, Lost Highway, Mercury Nashville, Verve Music Group, Decca, Universal Music Latino, Universal Music Enterprises, Hip-O, UTV, Sanctuary Records, Univision Music Group, Machete Music, ABKCO, Concord Music Group, Hollywood, Lyric Street, Thump, CIA, Rounder, Fonovisa, Varese Sarabande, Walt Disney, Big Machine, Show Dog Records, Sybersound, Hidden Beach and Universal Music Christian Group, among many others. Fontana is the company’s independent sales, marketing and distribution arm, Vivendi Entertainment is its theatrical and home entertainment division, and UMGD Digital manages and distributes all of Universal Music Group’s digital assets, including mobile.
About Universal Music Group
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 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, Philips, 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.