Alfredo Delgadillo has been appointed president and CEO of Universal Music México, Billboard can exclusively announce.
Previously Universal Music México’s managing director, Delgadillo’s newly-expanded role includes Universal Music Group’s regional Mexican label, Fonovisa-Disa. The Mexico City-based executive will continue to report directly to Jesús López, chairman/CEO, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula.
“We are in a unique moment of growth for Latin music and Regional Mexican music, so this new responsibility comes with an even stronger commitment to continue growing the success and reach of our artists both in Mexico and around the world, alongside growing our live and management businesses,” Delgadillo said in a statement.
“Now with the addition of the Fonovisa-Disa labels,” he continued, “I am looking forward to working closely with its leader Antonio Silva, for whom I have absolute respect and their entire team, to ensure that the legacy of Fonovisa-Disa, as the symbol and leader of Regional Mexican music, continues to grow and expand to the rest of the world.”
After a 10-year run with EMI Music México, Delgadillo returned to Universal in 2013 (when UMG acquired EMI) as general manager of Universal Music México, and in 2017 was promoted to managing director where he was key in the development of local acts, such as Mon Laferte and Caloncho, while contributing to the growth of international acts in Mexico like J Balvin, David Bisbal, Metallica, U2 and Taylor Swift, among others.
During his time with the label, the industry veteran, who began his career at Universal Music México in 1998, has overseen strategies to “take UMG’s international acts to the top of the Mexican charts” and “was responsible for the development and consolidation of Global Talent Services (GTS),” according to a press release.
“Alfredo is an executive with extensive experience in all fields of entertainment, including records, management and touring,” added Jesús López, Universal Music Latin America and Iberian Peninsula chairman and CEO. “He has incredible leadership capacity and a great track record of developing and integrating young executives into his teams. These are among the many reasons for his ongoing success at Universal Music Mexico. I wish him every success in his new mission within the company. He has the support of our entire team.”