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Greg Thompson named to Capitol post

Former EMI exec named executive vp of new UMG unit

In another boost tied to Universal Music Group’s acquisition of EMI Music’s labels, veteran exec Greg Thompson has been promoted to executive vp at UMG’s newly minted Capitol Music Group.

Thompson, who was previously executive vp of marketing and promotion at EMI Music North America, will oversee CMG’s sales, promotion, marketing, publicity, creative services & video production, digital planning & production and strategic research, and will shepherd the company’s brand partnerships through its in-house agency.

Thompson will now be based in the Capitol Tower in Hollywood and will report to CMG chairman-CEO Steve Barnett.

Barnett said in a statement, “I was highly aware of Greg’s accomplishments and stellar reputation within the industry before I came to Capitol, knowing he was instrumental in the success of Katy Perry, Lady Antebellum, Coldplay and David Guetta, among others. I realized very quickly that Greg would be a key member of my senior team as we build the new Capitol Music Group, and I couldn’t be happier and more grateful that he and his family have made the big move to the west coast.”

Thompson joined EMI in 2008 after three years as executive vp of promotion at Island Def Jam Records, where he worked such acts as Rihanna, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and the Killers. He previously spent 11 years at Elektra, where he rose to executive vp-GM; there he helped break performers like Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Tracy Chapman, Metallica and Jason Mraz. He also held senior vp and vp stripes at SBK Records and Chrysalis Records, where he began his career in 1985.

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