(CelebrityAccess Media) —
David Renzer has been promoted to chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Most recently, Renzer served as president of UMPG. In this new role, Renzer will continue to preside over the company's global activities and reports directly to Zach Horowitz, president and chief operating officer of Universal Music Group
"David has presided over a period of remarkable growth for Universal Music Publishing Group," stated Horowitz. "This promotion recognizes his dedication, passion and vision, all of which have helped to make UMPG one of the world's premier music publishing companies."
"David's expert knowledge of the marketplace and impressive artist experience make him a terrific asset to UMG," commented Doug Morris, chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group. "I'm confident that he will continue to be a driving force as we bring our publishing division to even greater heights."
Since joining Universal (then MCA Music Publishing) in March, 1996, Renzer has spearheaded the integration of Polygram Music Publishing and Rondor Music into the Universal Music Publishing family, and has worked with his team to sign some of today's most important songwriters from around the world. Renzer and his team have also acquired over 70 major catalogs including Def Jam (LL Cool J, Public Enemy), Interscope (No Doubt, Tupac), All Nations Music ("She Works Hard for the Money," "You've Got The Magic Touch", "Birds and the Bees" and the catalogs of the Statler Bros. and Gatlin Bros.), Anxious Music (Annie Lennox, Texas), John Phillips (Mamas and Papas), Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Momentum Music (Gary Numan "Cars," Love and Rockets, So Alive), Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine"), Stephen Bray ("Get Into The Groove"), and such important international catalogs as Trema in France and Koch in Germany, among many others. Further, he has launched important genre specific divisions including Universal Christian Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group Latin America. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner