Ethiopia Habtemariam
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Motown Records


Chairman / CEO

The latest plateau in Habtemariam’s impressive career happened in March, when she was named chairman and CEO of Motown after serving as the label’s presi­dent since 2014. This move follows her stints as president of urban music & co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group and EVP of Capitol Music Group, but while Motown has been a subsidiary of other Universal labels for the last several years, this reorganization finds her presiding over a standalone label. The new structure allows Habtemariam to better leverage the partnerships Motown built with Quality Control Music (Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls and Lil Yachty), Blacksmith Records (Ted When, Vince Staples) and Since the 80s (Asiahn, Njomza) while serving the needs of longtime label stars like Erykah Badu and Kem.


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