Santa Monica, CA, June 4, 2012 — Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the appointment of John Echevarria to Executive Vice President, Universal Music Publishing Group, Latin America. Mr. Echevarria will oversee all of UMPG’s operations throughout Latin America as well as its Latin division in the US. He will be based at the company’s Miami offices. Eddie Fernandez has departed the company. 

In his new role, Mr. Echevarria will head the company’s Latin America creative teams, overseeing a diverse catalog and roster which includes some of the world’s most revered Latin music songwriters and artists: Ruben Blades, Chino Y Nacho, the catalogues of Gloria and Emilio Estefan Jr., Juan Gabriel, Gustavo Galindo, Juanes, Los Amigos Invisibles, Nely, Rudy Perez, Jorge Luis Piloto, KC Porter, A.B. Quintanilla III, Kike Santander, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sergio Vallin, and Wisin & Yandel, amongst others.

“John’s extensive experience in Latin music, both in publishing and recorded music, is extraordinary,” commented Mr. Horowitz.  His insights into the Latin culture and Latin consumer, and his network of contacts throughout the Latin American region, will uniquely position us for great success in the years to come. We couldn’t be more excited about John stepping into this role for us.”

“First, I want to thank John for his invaluable contribution toward making Universal Music achieve the leadership in the recording industry in Latin America.  He has been a cornerstone for our team in recent years,” said Mr. Jesús López, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula. “With his tremendous experience in the world of copyrights and in the publishing business, he is the perfect candidate to realize the plans that Evan and Zach are implementing.”  

“I am excited to lead UMPG’s Latin music publishing operation and deeply thankful to Zach, Jesus, and Evan for this opportunity,” commented Mr. Echevarria. “I look forward to building upon this already successful operation, expanding our business in the region, and taking on the challenges ahead.”

“We are thrilled to welcome John to our Universal Music Publishing family,” said Mr. Evan Lamberg, President, UMPG North America. “John has always been a champion of songwriters and his past expertise in music publishing, as well as his insights on the recorded music side, will benefit us for years to come.”

Mr. Echevarria was previously Executive Vice-president of Operations for Latin America of Universal Music Group International, overseeing the operations of the business in the region. Since 2008 Mr Echevarria has also been serving as acting President of the UMGI Andean Region. Prior to that he was President of Universal Music Latino, responsible for the company’s operations in the US Latin market. During his tenure there, Mr. Echevarria played a key role in the development of Latin stars such asJuanes, Paulina Rubio, and Luis Fonsi, among others. 

Prior to joining Universal Music, Mr. Echevarria worked at Sony/ATV for eight years, heading up their publishing operations for Latin America. He brought the company to the forefront of the Latin music scene with signings including Shakira, Marc Anthony, Estefano, Elvis Crespo, Omar Alfanno, and may others. He began his career at CBS Records in marketing and finance roles. Mr. Echevarria has served on numerous copyright collecting agencies. He established and managed CEDRO (Centro Español de Derechos Reprograficos) from 1989 to 1991 and was General Manager of  Artistas, Interpretes y Ejecutantes – AIE from 1991 to 1993. He also served as consultant on Intellectual Property matters to VEGAP (Visual, Entidad de Gestión de Artistas Plásticos) and to CERLALC (Centro Regional para el Libro y la Lectura de América Latina y el Caribe).

Working to aggressively protect the rights of songwriters and copyright owners, Mr. Echevarria has served as a board member for the Intellectual Property Mixed Ministerial Commission in Spain; the Iberoamerican Intellectual Property Congress; the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO); the Latin American Federation of Music Publishers (FLADEM); and the Spanish Association of Music Publishers (AEDEM).

About Universal Music Publishing Group

UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world’s hottest songwriters and catalogs including ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kid, Lily Allen, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Leonard Bernstein, Justin Bieber, Bjork, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, Ciara, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Daughtry, Ester Dean, Jorgen Elofson, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Juanes, Florence + The Machine, Kirk Franklin, Sean Garrett, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joy Division, R. Kelly, The Killers, BB King, Ari Levine of The Smeezingtons, Linkin Park, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Mumford + Sons, Pucinni, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Tricky Stewart, 3 Doors Down, Mel Tillis, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Withers, among many others. UMPG is also a global leader in Production Music. Additionally, UMPG plays a major role in film and TV, administering the music of Warner Bros Entertainment, Universal Studios, HBO, DreamWorks, NBC, and Sesame Workshop, among others. For more information please visit