UMG Nashville restructures exec ranks

Integration of senior personnel from EMI imprints begins

As Universal Music Group sorts top personnel in the wake of its acquisition of EMI’s labels, the company has announced a restructuring of senior executive posts in its Nashville division.

UMG’s Music City operation now comprises Mercury Nashville, Capitol Records Nashville, MCA Records and EMI Records Nashville. The firm had indicated that the EMI imprints would continue to run as separate units.

On Monday, UMG said that former Capitol Records senior vp-COO Tom Becci would hold the same post at UMG; UMG Nashville senior vp of A&R would continue in that role for the UMG Nashville labels; former Capitol senior vp of marketing Cindy Mabe would take on broadened responsibility as senior vp of marketing at UMG Nashville; and UMG Nashville senior vp-head of promotion Royce Risser would oversee all promotion efforts for the four imprints.

Mike Dungan, chairman-CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, said, “Our new company embodies the very best of both Universal and EMI. The integration of these two great companies presents a rare opportunity to create a Nashville-based music entertainment organization that is well positioned for creative innovation and profitable growth.”

Dungan is no stranger to the EMI execs: Before joining UMG Nashville in February, he was Capitol Records Nashville prexy-CEO.

Additionally, Capitol senior vp of promotion Steve Hodges, UMG Nashville vp of radio marketing Katie Dean and Capitol vp of promotion Shane Allen were all given expanded responsibilities at the four imprints, while Mercury vp of promotion Damon Moberly and MCA Records vp of promotion Van Haze will continue in their roles.

On Friday, 10 staffers were laid off at UMG’s Nashville office, as part of a restructuring tied to the September purchase of EMI’s labels for $1.9 billion (Daily Variety, Oct. 29).