UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP PROMOTES MATTHEW GERSON TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
New York, NY, January 7, 2008 – Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, announced today the promotion of Matthew Gerson to Executive Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs, effective immediately. Mr. Gerson will continue to be based in Washington, D.C. and report to Zach Horowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.
In this role, Mr. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues relating to UMG’s businesses. He will continue to direct the company’s interaction with the U.S. Congress and the Administration and coordinate the company’s work with entertainment industry trade associations.
“Matt has spent almost 20 years in Washington as an outstanding advocate for the entertainment industry,” stated Mr. Horowitz. “We are indeed fortunate to have his leadership and experience guiding our public policy initiatives. Matt has great credibility and his bipartisan approach has been invaluable to our public advocacy, and more importantly, to our business. We are delighted to recognize all of his accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion.”
Recently, Mr. Gerson was named a ‘Washingtonian of the Year’ for 2007 by Washingtonian Magazine. The honor was in recognition of his volunteer efforts on behalf of pediatric cancer patients.
Mr. Gerson joined Universal as Vice President of Entertainment Public Policy for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of The Seagram Company Ltd., prior owner of Universal Studios, Inc. Formerly, he served as Vice President of Congressional Affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). His background also includes serving as an attorney with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, specializing in public policy issues relating to copyright, communications and technology.
Mr. Gerson received a B.A. from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in 1980 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1984.
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 largest global music publishing operation.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal South Records 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 Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.