Pat Monaco exits Universal Music Group after 26 years

One of Universal Music Group‘s longest-serving executives, Pat Monaco, has left the major after more than two decades.

Monaco began his career at Polygram, the company which would later become UMG, after he sold his own Landmark Distribution company to the firm in 1989.

Monaco became Senior VP/GM of indie distribution service ILS at Polygram, before being named General Manager of Island Records in 1996, where he reported into label Chairman Chris Blackwell.

After Polygram was sold to Seagram in 1999 and UMG was born, Monaco moved into the corporate group’s Motown division, later being promoted to EVP of Sales and Field Marketing for the Universal Motown Republic Group.

Sylvia-Rhone Epic Sony

“Pat has a breadth of experience and a depth of knowledge that truly sets him apart.”

Sylvia Rhone, speaking in 2009

A decade later, in 2009, he was named EVP & General Manager of Universal Motown Records, before being appointed as EVP of Sales & Production for the Island Def Jam Music Group in 2011.

When Monaco became GM of Universal Motown Records in 2009, then-Motown President Sylvia Rhone (now President of Sony‘s Epic) said:

“Pat has a breadth of experience and a depth of knowledge that truly sets him apart. With extensive experience and a background that encompasses both the creative and business spheres, he is ideally suited for the post of General Manager.

“Since joining Universal Motown ten years ago, Pat has taken the lead in exploring new business models and dramatically strengthening our artists’ presence across multiple platforms. He is a consummate music man with strong leadership capabilities who has earned enormous respect throughout the industry.

“I join the entire Universal Motown family in congratulating him on this much-deserved promotion.”Music Business Worldwide

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