UMG Promotes Rob Wells To President Of Global Digital Business
October 28, 2010 at 7:44 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has promoted ROB WELLS to the newly created position of Pres./Global Digital Business. The announcement was made today by UMG Co-CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE, Pres./COO ZACH HOROWITZ and UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP INTERNATIONAL COO MAX HOLE.
"Innovation, leadership and imagination are essential to expanding our digital business even further, and there is no one better equipped to do this than ROB," said GRAINGE. "Not only have he and his team been at the forefront of pioneering new models in such a challenging, competitive environment, but they have also led the way in developing new business ventures with key strategic media and tech partners. And he’s the best surfer I know."
"Through this new position, we have created a more comprehensive, integrated approach to implementing our digital strategy on a global scale," commented HOROWITZ. "This will further maximize value for our artists and business partners, while helping to catalyze the next stage of growth for our company in this area. It will enable us to be even more nimble, innovative and user-friendly than in the past. And we're confident that under ROB's leadership, this new approach will flourish."
"ROB has done a remarkable job internationally for UNIVERSAL MUSIC in the past four years, and this promotion recognizes that fact," said HOLE. "He is equally skilled in relationships with artists and talent management as he is in dealing with the CEOs of top technology companies and our multiple business partners. Simply put, ROB is the industry’s leading digital music executive, at the world’s leading music company."
"UMG possesses a portfolio of world-class artists and brands, and this new position presents a tremendous opportunity to help define new and widening opportunities for them on a global basis," added WELLS. "I am thankful to LUCIAN, ZACH and MAX for their continued support. UMG has been on the leading edge of the digital music business and I look forward to creating and advancing initiatives that will keep us at the forefront of this developing marketplace."