Universal Music names first global president of marketing

Universal Music Group, which represents artists including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and The Black Eyed Peas, has named Andrew Kronfield as its first president of global marketing to “align” its marketing structure.

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Kronfield takes on the newly created position after serving two years as executive vice president of international marketing for the company.

He will be responsible for developing and driving “unified” global marketing strategies to support Universal Music’s artists.

Kronfield will also oversee Cooperative Music, the company’s alternative international licensing organisation, and the rock label Spinefarm.

He will report to Max Hole, chief operating officer of Universal Music Group International (UMGI) and be based between London and New York.

Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music, says: “Today’s music and entertainment business is simply a worldwide environment. Talent and technology crosses borders with greater reach and speed than ever. Andrew’s appointment is another important step in the alignment of our operations into global responsibilities, and there is no one better to lead this evolution in our marketing firepower.”

Kronfeld has previously held marketing and senior management posts at Island Records and Universal Motown Records.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include Def Jam Recordings, Geffen Records and Island Records.

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