April 1st, 2009-Universal Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has promoted Joel Klaiman to Executive Vice President of Promotion & Artist Development, it was announced today by Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic.

“Since joining Universal Republic, Joel has helped us successfully catapult the label into becoming one of the industry’s premier music companies,” stated Mr. Lipman. “He has consistently demonstrated the vision and expertise necessary for building and shaping our growing company, while continuing to be instrumental in the break-through success of such artists as Amy Winehouse, Hinder, Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift, among others.”

“Joel’s talent, experience, ability to work well with our artists, and knowledge of the radio, video and digital landscapes, has been great assets to our company,” commented Mel Lewinter, Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Republic Group. “The entire Universal family joins me in congratulating him on this milestone accomplishment.”

“There are precious few companies like Universal Republic, and even fewer opportunities to work with people like Mel, Avery Lipman (Co-President, Universal Republic) and Monte,” added Mr. Klaiman. “I am grateful for all of their continued support, and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to one of the most dynamic teams in the business.”

Previously, Mr. Klaiman was Executive Vice President, Promotion, for Epic Records. Prior to that, Mr. Klaiman has held a number of executive positions in the music business, including roles at Sony 550 Music- the WorkGroup, EastWest Records, the Elektra Entertainment Group, and Savage Records. Mr. Klaiman began his career in 1990 as a manager for Frank DiLeo Management.

About Universal Republic Records

Universal Republic Records is a division of Universal Music Group, 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 leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, 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 includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency.

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