Randall Abrahams, managing director of Universal Music South Africa, has announced his departure from the company. He will remain in his role through April 30, Music Business Worldwide reports.
Abrahams joined UMG in 2012, where he completed the integration of EMI’s South African operation into Universal and played a lead part in developing the Kleek, a mobile streaming service launched by Universal with Samsung in Africa in 2013. (Recently, Sony — who just announced plans to open an office in Nigeria — struck a licensing deal with Kleek).
During his time with the company, Abrahams oversaw South African artists including Black Coffee, Elvis Blue, Kelly Khumalo, Mafikizolo, Revolution and Zahara, in addition to working with international artists.
Universal Music will reportedly announce his successor soon.
Abrahams is also a known TV personality in South Africa, serving as a judge on Idols South Africa and SA’s Got Talent. His future plans include focusing on potential television production projects and other business and media interests.
“We’re very appreciative of Randall’s leadership, having joining Universal Music at a key transition time for the company and indeed for the South African music industry,” senior vice president of Universal Music Group International Adrian Cheesley said. “He has helped position the company for continued creative and commercial growth, and we wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career.”