Santa Monica, California, July 09, 2012 – Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Jens Kessler to Chief Information Officer, it was announced today by Boyd Muir, UMG’s Executive Vice President and CFO, to whom he reports.

Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Kessler will be responsible for all aspects of UMG’s Global Information Technology (IT) division, managing the strategy, development and implementation of all country and regional IT systems.

“Throughout his tenure at UMG, Jens has proven himself to be an innovative and pragmatic executive with the essential hands-on-experience and skill set to oversee this key area of our global business,” stated Mr. Muir. “We’re delighted to recognize his achievement with this well-deserved promotion.”

Mr. Kessler began his career at UMG as Vice President of IT at Universal Music Germany. He was later promoted to Vice President of IT, Supply Chain and Sourcing at Universal Music Group International’s London headquarters.


About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s leading global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Republic 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 Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.