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Universal Music Group global president of digital Rob Wells to depart

By Minda Smiley | Reporter

February 24, 2015 | 3 min read

Universal Music Group’s president of global digital business Rob Wells is leaving the company after nearly 15 years.

Wells has served in the position since 2010, and was based at the company’s Santa Monica, California headquarters.

Credit: Vivendi/UMG

In a statement to staff obtained by Music Business Worldwide, Wells said: “While leaving isn’t easy, I take comfort in the extraordinary digital team that I am leaving behind – who have become more than just work colleagues but a true family–and the knowledge that whatever entrepreneurial opportunity I explore next, I will always have a close relationship with everyone at Universal Music Group, both here in the US and in every territory around the world.”

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Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group’s chief executive, said in his own memo to staff: “Rob leaves big shoes to fill and we will be making announcements in the coming days.”

Wells reported to Grainge while serving as president of global digital business.

According to Billboard, company sources inside Universal Music Group say that Wells won’t likely be directly replaced. Rather, Universal Music Group will rethink how his responsibilities will be handled in the future.

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