Published Aug 25, 2015Jeffrey Remedios has been named the president and chief executive officer of Universal Music Canada. Beginning September 21, Remedios will succeed Randy Lennox, who has been appointed President of Entertainment Production and Broadcasting at Bell Media. Kieran Roy, meanwhile, will step into the role of president of Arts & Crafts, and veteran staff members Heidi Krohnert and Matt Brown have been promoted to vice president positions.
Remedios co-founded the now iconic Toronto-based indie label Arts & Crafts to coincide with the release of Broken Social Scene's You Forgot It in People in 2003, and has since expanded the company with operations in Los Angeles and Mexico City, offering management, merchandising and publishing services. He also founded Toronto's now annual Field Trip Festival, which was originally held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the label in 2013.
In addition to the new position, Remedios serves as Chairman of the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR), and belongs to the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS), and the City of Toronto Music Advisory Counsel (TMAC). He will retain his co-ownership of Arts & Crafts, as well as continuing to serve as a board member.
"I want to thank Lucian [Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group] for this incredible opportunity," Remedios said in a press release. "Randy will be a tough act to follow, having created one of the best companies in the music industry. I'm looking forward to working with Universal Music Canada's extraordinary roster of artists and executives to continue their stellar record of artistic and commercial excellence."
"It has been a pleasure working with Lucian and his executive team in building Universal Music Canada into the home for Canadian artists who have made an impact around the world," Lennox said in a statement. "Jeffrey is a talented executive who represents continued great leadership at Universal Music Canada. This company has been my home for many years and I leave with the confidence that it's in excellent hands, with a senior executive team who will lead the business into a bright future."
Speaking about Roy in a press release from Arts & Crafts, Remedios confidently noted that "Kieran has been ready to lead Arts & Crafts for years now."
"I am very excited to lead Arts & Crafts and look forward to building upon our tradition of creative and commercial success," said Roy. "We have a world-class roster of inspiring artists and a staff second to none in the business. I will miss working alongside Jeffrey and wish him the best in the future."