Motown Gets a Young Music Exec

Publication: The New York Times

Title: A Young Music Executive Takes Over at Motown

Article by: Ben Sisario

The Motown record label, now owned by the Universal Music Group, has announced that Ethiopia Habtemariam, a young music executive at Universal, is stepping up as Motown’s senior vice president. She will also hold the title of executive vice president and head of urban music of the Universal Music Publishing Group.
Ms. Habtemariam, 31, will have the top position at the label and will report directly to Barry Weiss, the top Universal executive in New York.  She has worked her way up through Universal’s publishing division, where she has signed acts like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Ciara.
According to the New York Times, Ms. Habtemariam’s “Motown appointment instantly makes her one of the most prominent women in the industry, as well as one of the most prominent blacks.”


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