Universal Music Publishing Ups Monti Olson, David Kokakis
November 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP has restructured its executive hierarchy with the announcement of two promotions. MONTI OLSON has been upped to EVP/Head of Pop & Rock Music, while DAVID KOKAKIS has been promoted to SVP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs/Business Development
Succeeding the departing TOM STURGES, OLSON will jointly head up the company's U.S. creative teams, along with EVP/Head of Urban Music ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM. He will oversee the Pop and Rock creative operations.
"MONTI has proven himself to be an exceptional music publisher with great creative relationships," UMPG/NORTH AMERICA Pres. EVAN LAMBERG said. "This leadership role and promotion is well deserved and I know MONTI, along with ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM, will continue to lead the Universal Music Publishing creative team on its continued successful path."
"I am humbled by this appointment," OLSON said. "I thank EVAN for his confidence and belief in me. We have the most talented creative staff in the music publishing business here at UMPG, it is my vision that together we will make UMPG the absolute desired home for authors and composers."
In the wake of ROBERT ALLEN's departure to pursue other opportunities. KOKAKIS will direct the company's Business Affairs operations in NORTH AMERICA, which includes overseeing all contract negotiations and legal matters concerning new and existing songwriter signings, monitoring all copyright infringement matters, and negotiating new digital media agreements.
"DAVID has proven himself not only to be a great business affairs executive and leader, but a great team player who, in his new role, will be able to use his overall skill set to work with all departments within UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP," LAMBERG said. "This is a well-deserved promotion."
"I am deeply honored that EVAN has entrusted me with this responsibility and look forward to working more closely with the most talented publishing team in the world," KOKAKIS said. "I am proud of our achievements thus far and enthusiastic about tackling the challenges we have ahead of us."