New York, NY, August 12, 2004 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has promoted Joe DeTullio to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, it was announced today by UMG Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Nick Henny. Mr. DeTullio will continue to be based out of UMG’s New York offices. Formerly, Mr. DeTullio served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

In this expanded role, Mr. DeTullio will have direct responsibility for UMG’s information technology infrastructure and business applications services and solutions worldwide. In this capacity, Mr. DeTullio will play a pivotal leadership role in the delivery new IT solutions to enable UMG’s continued transformation of business operations as well as ensure that the company’s existing IT solutions are effectively managed and leveraged. Mr. DeTullio will Chair a newly established IT Council comprised of key business stakeholders. Among other objectives, the IT council will focus on providing company-wide oversight to IT investment priorities.

“We are delighted to recognize all of Joe’s hard work with this well-deserved promotion,” stated Henny. “His keen understanding of the industry combined with his strong track record of analyzing and prioritizing technological opportunities, make Joe the best choice to lead our talented IT team as we continue to grow and expand services.”

“The operational and strategic challenges facing UMG from both a business and information technology perspective continue to make UMG an exciting place. The UMG IT community continues to make a significant contribution to the delivery of business objectives and I am fortunate to have a team of bright dedicated IT professionals with the ability to change as the company (and industry) changes. I look forward to helping to take us to the next level”, stated Mr. DeTullio.

Mr. DeTullio transferred to UMG in September 2001 as part of Vivendi Universal’s divestiture of the Seagram Spirits and Wine Group, where Mr. DeTullio served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Mr. DeTullio is a graduate of Rutger’s University and holds a Masters of Public Administration from American University.

Universal Music Group is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 71 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 Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, DreamWorks Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, 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 Strategic Marketing & Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.