UMG Ups Jeffrey Harleston To General Counsel, EVP/Biz & Legal Affairs
February 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) has promoted JEFFREY HARLESTON to General Counsel and EVP/Business & Legal Affairs for NORTH AMERICA. In this expanded role, Harleston will be responsible for overseeing business and legal affairs for UMG’s North American operations, as well as helping to coordinate the company's government relations, trade and anti-piracy activities so as to ensure a unified strategy across all of the company’s divisions.
HARLESTON succeeds MICHAEL OSTROFF, who retired last month after 27 years with UMG. "Having the opportunity to work with Jeff over the last 17 years in a variety of capacities, I know that he will bring tremendous value to this critical role," Pres./COO ZACH HOROWITZ. "His proven leadership skills, excellent judgment and broad range of experience, which includes litigation, intellectual property, artist relations, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and government affairs, make him the perfect choice to lead our North American legal activities."
"This continues to be a time of great change in the music business and with that comes great opportunity to pioneer new business models and deal structures. UMG is on the cutting edge of these changes, so it is particularly exciting to be in the middle of all this through my new role," HARLESTON said. "I am grateful to ZACH and [UMG CEO] LUCIAN GRAINGE for their support and confidence in me, and I’m looking forward to helping further expand the marketplace for our artists, business partners and employees."