Nashville, Tennessee, April 11, 2005 – Universal Music Nashville has appointed Bill Catino to Executive Vice President of Promotion, it was announced today by the company’s Co-Chairman Luke Lewis and James Stroud.

Based in Nashville, Catino will oversee all of the label group’s radio promotion initiatives.

“In today’s marketplace, you need seasoned professionals like Bill who understand the dynamics of artist development from the widest variety of perspectives,” stated Lewis. “His resourcefulness, creativity and dedication to pursuing each and every way possible to expose artists and their music to the world is renowned, and we are delighted to welcome him to the Universal Nashville family.”

“Bill is the perfect person to head up our promotion efforts,” commented Stroud. “His broad experience and keen understanding of the changing landscape of radio will be invaluable as we continue to break artists and reach even greater heights.”

“The opportunity to work closely with such successful music executives as Luke Lewis and longtime friend James Stroud is an honor for me,” added Catino. “Their vision of creating a home for artists that has music at its core is refreshing, especially in the age of bottom-line mentalities.”

Catino comes to Universal Nashville after an extraordinary successful tenure at Capitol Nashville, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Promotion. While at Capitol, Catino was instrumental in the break-through success of such emerging artists as Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Deana Carter, Cyndi Thompson, Chris Cagle and Dierks Bentley, among others, while helped to further the careers of such established chart-toppers as Garth Brooks and Tanya Tucker. His background also includes stints in promotion at CBS/Epic, RCA, Universal Records, MCA Records and Cleveland International, the CBS distributed label responsible for breaking multi-platinum selling artist Meat Loaf.

Universal Music Nashville, comprised of Mercury, MCA Nashville and Lost Highway Records, is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries around the world. 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 A&M Records, Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Dreamworks, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, MCA Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Philips, Polydor, Universal 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 UM3 (outside the U.S.).

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