UMG Reveals More Executive Shifts, Affecting East Coast Labels Including Republic, Amid Comprehensive Reorganization

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The Universal Music restructuring isn’t finished yet, as an East Coast reorganization, centering on Republic Corps, is reportedly underway. Photo Credit: Carrie Allen

Nearly six weeks later, the extensive restructuring within Universal Music Group (UMG) is still underway, and the major label has reportedly unveiled a collection of related shuffles affecting its East Coast operation.

UMG’s newest personnel shifts entered the media spotlight in a Variety report today, after CEO Lucian Grainge around early February tapped Republic’s Monte Lipman and Interscope Geffen’s John Janick for bolstered roles.

With Lipman still based in New York and Janick in Los Angeles, the far-reaching restructuring has set in motion multiple executive departures and appointments, among them a series of Capitol Music Group pivots last month as well as fresh duties on the “Interscope Capitol Labels Group” side earlier in March.

And before the latter, UMG followed its Q4 earnings release with substantial layoffs impacting both execs and mid-level staff.

Now, as mentioned at the outset, the changes are still pouring in for UMG, which remains embroiled in a licensing confrontation with TikTok.

While the Big Three label didn’t appear to have put out a formal release on the multifaceted developments at the time of this writing, Variety has communicated that an overarching Republic Corps unit will oversee Republic, Mercury, Island, Def Jam, Imperial, and Casablanca alike moving forward.

These labels, UMG is said to have relayed in an internal memo, will maintain “‘full independence and creative autonomy’” as they function under the banner. Running with the point, several execs are per the same outlet taking on enhanced responsibilities.

First, Republic Records co-president Jim Roppo, a longtime UMG higher-up, is said to have been named president and COO of the wider Republic Corps, reporting to Avery and Monte Lipman.

And close to three-decade UMG exec Kevin Lipson, who’s served as Republic Records’ EVP of global commerce and digital strategy since 2021, is reportedly expanding his focus to also include “revenue strategy.”

UMG marketing vet Michael Alexander, for his part, is reportedly poised to exchange his EVP of international marketing title for that of global marketing head. And Joseph Carozza, who’s spent north of a decade as Republic Records’ EVP of media and artist relations, is expected to begin overseeing “media strategy across all labels” included in Republic Corps, per Variety.

Once again at the time of this writing, none of the mentioned UMG team members looked to have updated their LinkedIn profiles to reflect the reported changes. But if recent weeks’ occurrences are any indication, UMG’s comprehensive reorganization, despite already encompassing more than a few components, might not be finished yet.