Pascal Negro, figure in the music industry, was replaced Thursday at the head of Universal Music France, bigger house of the Hexagon discs, a departure preceded many rumors about a disagreement with the boss of Vivendi, its parent. He will be replaced by Olivier Nusse, currently general manager of the Mercury Music Group label, Universal Classic & amp; Jazz France, said a statement from Universal Music without explanation.
The departure of Pascal Negro, 54, who ran the record for 18 years, was the subject of speculation for several weeks, his contract having expired end of 2015. According to “the Point”, his departure is linked to a “disagreement on a reorganization that would impose Bolloré”, the boss of Vivendi.
After Canal + the business man “wanted to take control of Universal France,” said his side Le Figaro on its website. “There were differences with Bolloré”, told AFP a source close to Pascal Negro. According to a source at Universal Music, “Bolloré sought to put a close to the head of the group, as he usually did in the companies it acquires.”
Pascal Negro was for over 20 years the face of the music industry in France, and a passionate spokesman for the producers against piracy and for promoting streaming.