Universal Music Group has promoted Max Hole to the position of chairman and chief executive officer of UMG International.
The move took effect on January 1, 2013 and was announced today by group chairman and CEO of UMG Lucian Grainge to whom Hole reports.
Based in London, Hole is a member of UMG's Executive Board and will be responsible for the company's global operations outside the United States.
In addition, Hole leads UMG's worldwide classical music business, including the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics labels.
His enlarged role follows completion of the EMI transaction in 2012.
"We are strengthening our global management team following the important acquisition of EMI Recorded Music," said Lucian Grainge. "Max has contributed significantly to the evolution and continued success of our international business. There is no one better to lead our efforts outside the US, where we anticipate significant growth opportunities with the addition of EMI to our existing international portfolio. Max will play an integral role overseeing our future global development."
Max Hole added: "The future for the music industry is looking brighter than it has for some time, and there's no shortage of energy, innovation and creativity in Universal's companies around the world. I'm looking forward to working with new colleagues and artists from EMI, and integrating our two great companies successfully. 2013 will be an exciting year for all of us."
At Universal Music Group International, Mr. Hole is closely involved with the careers of artists across world, including Bon Jovi, Juanes, Gotye, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Milos, Daniel Barenboim, Girls' Generation, Alejandro Sanz, Lionel Richie, Sting and Sa Ding Ding.
He has also been instrumental in bringing to Universal Music such stars as Taylor Swift, Queen and the Eagles, and securing the company's partnership with globaL TV talent show The Voice.
Hole joined UMG as senior vice president, marketing and A&R, in 1998, and later, advanced to executive VP in 2004.
In 2010, he was named chief operating officer of Universal Music Group International.
Mr. Hole began his music industry career as an independent artist manager and record producer, before spending 16 years at Warner Music UK.