Kiernan named VP, Davis, Kowalczyk upped to sr. directors

Universal Music & Video Distribution has named three execs to new roles in its associated labels, sales and artist development sectors.

John M. Kiernan was named VP of associated labels. He will manage all of Universal Music Group’s associated labels including Ark 21, Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Varese Sarabande and Playboy Home Video, and will be responsible for all music video sold through the audio division.

Michael Anthony Davis has been upped to senior director of sales. He will coordinate retail sales for all catalog, jazz and classical labels distributed by UMVD.

Chris Kowalczyk has been promoted to senior director of artist development. He will oversee the activities of the UMVD artist development staff for the Universal/Motown Records Group, and will act as a liaison between the group, their affiliated labels and UMVD.

Kiernan will report directly to Curt Eddy, senior VP of sales and distribution. Prior to joining UMVD, Kiernan was senior director of artist development for Universal Records, and was regional director of sales and marketing at A&M Records.

Davis will also report directly to Eddy. Davis joined UMVD in 1996, and previously held the position of director, retail marketing. He was also a senior account executive for UMVD in Minneapolis, and worked in sales for the company in Atlanta.

Kowalczyk will report to Cliff O’Sullivan, VP of marketing and artist development.

He was previously UMVD’s artist development rep for Universal Records Group. Kowalczyk also worked as a product development manager for UMVD, and was an artist development representative for Geffen and DreamWorks.

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