Henry Droz, considered the architect of modern music distribution, died of a heart attack on March 27. He was 76. Most recently, Droz was chairman of Universal Music & Video Distribution.
Droz joined UMVD as president in 1996. He was named chairman in 1999 and retired in 2000. Prior to joining UMVD, Droz was president and CEO of WEA Distribution for 16 years.
"Henry was a very special person — a tremendous record executive, a true gentleman and a great friend," said Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and a longtime friend of Droz. "He was truly a unique individual who balanced his wisdom and business sense with passion, humor, kindness and grace. There are no words to describe the loss we all feel."