“We thank you for your continuous leadership, integrity and authenticity. You are so deserving and we couldn’t be more proud to continue the Motown legacy with you as our CEO and Chairwoman.”-Motown Records
According to the announcement, Ethiopia Habetmariam will be reporting directly to UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. “Motown will have greater creative and commercial independence to advance its mission of artistic, social and entrepreneurial empowerment.”
Habetmariam has been with label since 2014 and oversaw the label’s relocation to Los Angeles from New York during that same year. Habtemariam has had a major impact and influence on the music industry with prior positions including president of urban music & co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group.
“I’ve always understood the power of music and the responsibility I have, not only to continue to be an advocate for artists and creators, but to forge new paths for entrepreneurs and to lift up our next generation of executives around the world.”
Congratulations Ethiopia Habetmariam for being a prominent presence we all can celebrate.