Peter Thea Named EVP of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam
Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Barry Weiss announced today that the company has appointed Peter Thea as Executive Vice President of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam, in a move to expand management in the labels' A&R arena.
Before joining UMG, Thea acted as Senior Vice President (beginning in 1999), then EVP of Jive Records. He will report to Weiss in the company's New York offices and will work with the CEO and creative staffs of each label group.
"We are fortunate to have one of the music industry's most talented executives working with us in this vital area for our group of labels," Weiss, the former chairman of RCA/Jive Label Group, said. "Peter's diverse career as a recording engineer, music business attorney and seasoned executive, combined with hislong standing relationships in this industry, give him the unique skill set to succeed at this job. I am very happy to be reunited with Peter at UMG."
Thea himself expressed excitement to once again be working with Weiss. "Barry has energized the company with a vision that fosters a great creative environment for real talent to flourish," he said. "I am excited to work with him, Monte Lipman (President & CEO, Universal Republic), Avery Lipman (Co-President & COO, UniversalRepublic), Karen Kwak (Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, Island Def Jam), Steve Bartels (President & COO, Island Def Jam), their respective teams, and the talent-rich artist rosters at the labels."
Joining Jive as SVP in 1999, Thea steered the A&R department during the company's biggest growth period, developing artists like *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. As EVP, he worked with artists like Britney Spears, Usher, R. Kelly, and Justin Timberlake. Before Jive, Thea co-founded the entertainment law firm Tavel, Thea and Baker, which represented clients like Cash Money Records and Godsmack. He began his career in the music business as a recording engineer, during which time he recorded artists like the Grateful Dead and Aerosmith.