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Dungan leaves Capitol for Universal, replacing Lewis

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Capitol & EMI Nashville President/CEO Mike Dungan was named Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group/Nashville, effective May 1. Dungan will succeed current Chairman/CEO Luke Lewis, who "decided to focus on launching a new music venture in partnership with UMG," according to a press release.

Dungan "is one of music's most formidable creative executives, whose determination, talent and passion for music have given rise to the careers of countless superstar artists," said UMG Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge. "We're delighted to welcome him to the UMG family."

Grainge said "during (Lewis') long, successful tenure leading our Nashville family of labels, Luke has been a bold maverick in applying fresh new approaches to nurture and break country artists. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him."

Dungan said he was "thrilled to join the Universal team, honored to represent the fine roster of artists under the storied MCA, Mercury and Lost Highway labels, and proud to have the opportunity to expand on the great legacy Luke Lewis has built."

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