Universal Music last week announced the appointment of Simon Watt to the role of Head Of Technology, Global Digital Group. Watt, previously a technology VP within the Universal International division, will report to Rob Wells, the major’s President of Global Digital Business, in his new globally-focused role. Amongst other things, he will manage the music company’s relationships with Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify, Microsoft and such like.
On the new appointment, Wells told CMU: “As the demand for digital music continues to grow, we are committed to working with those innovative companies which bring new and dynamic services to fans everywhere. Having a results-driven executive of Simon’s calibre and experience lead our technology group demonstrates that we’ve got the best talent in place to maximise many of these opportunities in the current marketplace”.
Watt himself added: “This is an exciting time for music and technology and I am truly grateful to Rob for the opportunity to play an even larger role in shaping our digital business. We have taken a more progressive approach to working with our technology partners, while at the same time, being very responsive to what our artists, consumers and retailers want. We are determined to help create, support and nurture the very best services in the world for fans and artists alike”.