Ethiopia Habtemariam Upped To Motown SVP; EVP/Urban Music Head For UMGPG
August 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM (PT)
As tipped by ALL ACCESS over a week ago (NET NEWS, 7/29), UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has promoted ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM to SVP of MOTOWN RECORDS. It will be the first in a number of new appointments at of the storied label.
In addition, Ms. HABTEMARIAM has also been promoted to EVP/Head of Urban Music for UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP. She previously served as SVP/Head of Urban Music for the company.
"ETHIOPIA represents the new breed of today’s best creative music executives," UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC and ISLAND DEF JAM MOTOWN Chairman/CEO BARRY WEISS said. "In the studio at night and in the office during the day, she is artist and song focused. There is no one more relevant and credible in the creative community to help us build upon MOTOWN’s fantastic legacy and move the company into its next groundbreaking era."
"It is an extraordinary opportunity to call MOTOWN home," HABTEMARIAM said, "and I am grateful to BARRY for giving me the honor and challenge to put a new creative stamp on a label that has such a rich history. I am truly excited to work at the label that cultivated the musicians who have inspired me over the years. MOTOWN artists created the soundtrack to my life, and I can’t wait to develop acts that not only have cross-genre and cross-generational appeal, but can reach worldwide notoriety."