Universal Music Publishing Ups David Kokakis To EVP/Head of Business/LegalAffairs, Business Development & Digital
September 21, 2016 at 11:31 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP has promoted DAVID KOKAKIS to EVP.Head Of Business/Legal Affairs, Business Development & Digital, it was announced by COO MARC CIMINO, to whom he reports.
Previously SVO/Head Of Business & Legal Affairs/Business Development, KOKAKIS has led UMPG’s business affairs in NORTH AMERICA since 2011. In this expanded role, he will contribute to shaping UMPG’s international digital strategies, handling government relations and public policy matters, and overseeing the company’s legal affairs, litigation matters and negotiation of digital and core publishing deals. As part of establishing a greater international presence, he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the CANADIAN MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION and to the Board of Directors of the CANADIAN MUSICAL REPRODUCTION RIGHTS AGENCY.
Commented CIMINO: "DAVID has proven not to just be a leader within UMPG, but a leader in our industry who consistently looks at new ways to move the music business forward while always staying true to UMPG's core of maximizing value for our songwriters around the world. He exemplifies all the quality traits that we want at UMPG, and we couldn't be happier to announce this well-deserved promotion."
Added KOKAKIS: “It is an honor to collaborate with a team that is so progressive, principled in its business practices and fiercely committed to protecting the rights of creators. I am grateful to Jody and Marc for entrusting me with additional responsibilities, and look forward to helping ensure that UMPG remains the best home for songwriters in the industry.”
During Kokakis’ tenure with the company, he has handled negotiations with APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, YOUTUBE, AMAZON and PANDORA, and start-ups such as GENKUS, SOUNDCLOUD and MUSIC.LY. He was recently named to both the BILLBOARD "2016 Digital Powerplayers" list and the BILLBOARD "2016 Top Music Industry Lawyers" list.
With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, KOKAKIS practiced entertainment law for over a decade at various firms, including GREENBERG TRAURIG, and also served as an executive for several years at branding and talent management companies whose clients included television celebrities, entertainers, authors, book publishing imprints and professional athletes.