Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) appointed Michael Sammis president of Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM), and JW Beekman CFO, Worldwide, of UMPG.

Sammis was previously CFO and executive VP of operations at UMPG. He takes the place of former UPPM President Gary Gross, reporting to UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.

Beekman was most recently SVP of North American Finance. In his new position, he will head up finance for UMPG’s businesses worldwide and its Global Technology group, the company said. He will be succeeded by Kevin Cady as the company’s head of finance for North America an dLatin America and SVP of global business strategy.

Both Sammis and Beekman will continue to work from company HQ in Santa Monica, CA.

“As a senior member of our executive management team, Mike has played a central role in helping transform UMPG into the premiere home for the world’s greatest songwriters,” said Gerson in a prepared statement. “With his experience integrating two of the largest publishing acquisitions in the history of the business and building a finance and administration structure second to none, I can’t think of anyone better to lead our production music business to the next level.”

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