“Power Moves at Universal Music: Steve Berman and Annie Lee Spearhead the Evolution of Interscope Capitol Labels Group”


Steve Berman and Annie Lee have taken on pivotal roles within Universal Music’s newly formed Interscope Capitol Labels Group, as announced by the group’s Chairman-CEO John Janick. Berman steps into the role of Vice Chairman, while Lee assumes the position of Chief Operating Officer. This strategic move sees the integration of all artists, labels, and personnel from the former Interscope Geffen A&M and Capitol Music Group into the ICLG fold.

In his elevated position, Berman spearheads various facets of ICLG, collaborating closely with all labels under the company’s purview to bolster artists’ global presence and fortify the broader ICLG brand. Lee’s mandate encompasses the seamless integration of finance, operations, and organizational culture, ensuring the streamlined functioning of ICLG. These developments follow recent consolidation efforts within Universal.

John Janick expressed confidence in Berman and Lee, citing their extensive contributions to the company’s growth over the past two decades. He emphasized their instrumental roles in redefining ICLG to empower individual labels while fostering an entrepreneurial ethos emblematic of a modern music enterprise.

Reflecting on the company’s evolution, Berman highlighted the redesigned framework’s capacity to provide optimal support for artists’ creativity and global expansion. With a career dedicated to nurturing talent, he looks forward to advancing ICLG’s mission alongside Janick, Lee, and the entire team.

Lee echoed this sentiment, expressing enthusiasm for ICLG’s trajectory under their leadership. With a focus on cultivating a dynamic environment conducive to artistic expression, she emphasized ICLG’s positioning as a formidable ally to artists and a fulfilling workplace.

Before his recent promotion, Berman served as Vice Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, boasting a tenure dating back to 1991. His journey in the music industry commenced in the mailroom of Warner Bros. Records in 1981 before transitioning to roles at WEA Distribution and ultimately Interscope.

Lee’s career trajectory within Universal Music Group saw her ascend to Chief Financial Officer of Interscope Geffen A&M in 2019, following roles of increasing responsibility since joining in 2005. Her dedication to financial stewardship and strategic vision has been instrumental in shaping the company’s success.

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