Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Simon Baker to general manager, European Operations, effective immediately. Based in London, Baker will continue reporting to UMPG chief operating officer Marc Cimino.
In his new role, Baker will work closely with the company’s leadership in Santa Monica, while continuing to provide support on financial and business matters to UMPG’s top team in Europe, including UK MD Mike McCormack.
Cimino said: “Simon has been an invaluable resource to our European MDs. His ability to create a strong European infrastructure that has enabled our creative executives to achieve incredible artist success has been pivotal to our growth. I’m confident his contributions to our European team will only grow as we continue to position UMPG as the best home for songwriters.”
McCormack said: “Simon’s support has been key in helping UMPG’s European operations to thrive. I’m grateful that he will continue to provide us with his financial acumen and business expertise.”
Baker, who joined the publisher in 2001, previously served as SVP, finance and operations for Europe.
He said: “UMPG continues to strive creatively in signing the best talent and maximising revenues for our songwriters from traditional sources as well as from digital platforms. I’m privileged to work with a team of outstanding executives in the publishing business across Europe and I am grateful to Marc Cimino for his continued support.”