Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business

Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release.

"I'm really happy to work closely with Lucian and the Board team in order to create today the foundation of the music company of tomorrow," said Mr. Nègre in a statement.

Said UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge: "This promotion reflects his many accomplishments, but also signals the tremendous growth opportunities that we see ahead for UMG as we expand globally." Most notably, that expansion will be rooted in UMG's massively expanded portfolio of labels following its acquisition of EMI for around $1.9 billion in November, 2011.

Nègre has spent over thirty years in the music business; previous positions include head of  the French "pirate station" Free Radio in the early '80s, press and promotions work at BMG and CBS Records, CEO of French label Barclay, and  president of PolyGram Music before that company's acquisition by Universal and his subsequent promotion to president of Universal Music France.

Nègre also currently serves as the president of the SCPP, French analog to the RIAA, which saw a 10 percent growth in income in 2011 following SCPP's agreement with Radio France to oversee podcasting of its programming.

Nègre is a strong supporter of France's controversial three-strikes filesharing rule HADOPI, telling the New York Times last February: "I think more and more French people understand that artists should get paid for their work… I think everybody has a friend who has received an e-mail. This creates a buzz. There is an educational effect."

Nègre is also the president of Olympia, a concert hall built in 1888 in Paris' historical 9th arrondissement.

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