“Universal Music Group has recruited Graham Parker, the award-winning GM of classical station WQXR, to preside over its roster of U.S. classical music labels, now organized under the newly formed Verve Label Group,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (5/24) Billboard article. “Parker, in his role as president of U.S. Classical Music Labels, will oversee Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and UMG’s distributed label ECM. Parker, who won a 2016 Peabody Award for WQXR’s Q2Music podcast, will be based in New York and reports jointly to Dickon Stainer, President and CEO of Global Classics for Universal Music Group, and Danny Bennett, recently appointed President & CEO of Verve Label Group…. Parker … will be responsible for developing digital strategies … and will work closely with Stainer, David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music U.K. & Ireland, and Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Central Europe & Deutsche Grammophon…. Bennett’s appointment at the helm of Verve Music Group was announced just last week.”

Posted May 24, 2016