NEW YORK (Hypebot) –
Ron Spaulding has been promoted to President of Fontana, Universal Music's independent distribution arm. Spaulding formerly served as EVP and GM of Fontana. Fontana distributes more than 100 labels including Downtown, Savoy, Vagrant, Eagle Rock, VP, American Gramaphone, Six Degrees, Ministry of Sound, MySpace Records and others. Prior to joining Fontana, Spaulding served as Executive Vice President/General Manager of Asylum and East West Records and as the Senior Vice President of Sales at WEA, Warner Music Group's distribution arm.
From the press release:
"Since joining us, Ron has brought extensive retail contacts and a wealth of credibility within the artistic community which the Fontana Team has translated into a great success story," stated Mr. Urie. "In the past year alone, Fontana has had enormous accomplishments on both the indie and the Top 200 charts and has up-streamed numerous artists to our labels. Moreover, over the last year, Ron has overseen the restructuring of Fontana into a digital player second to none in the world of music distribution. His sense of humor and infectious enthusiasm has energized all of us that have the pleasure to work with him every day. We are delighted to expand the playing field even more with this well-deserved promotion."
"Being a part of Fontana has been one of the most personally rewarding and professionally fulfilling experiences of my career," added Mr. Spaulding. "I cannot thank Jim enough for his generous support and confidence; and working closely with the entire Fontana team continues to be a constant source of inspiration since they are second to none. We have built a vibrant and musically diverse company, with a spirited and competitive staff. I am looking forward to building further upon that winning energy; we are only just beginning to realize the possibilities of what we can accomplish."