Atlanta’s own Ethiopia Habtemariam promoted to Chairman/CEO of Motown Records

Ethiopia Habtemariam, The Boss

On Monday, news broke that Motown Records had promoted label president, Ethiopia Habtemariam to Chairman and CEO of the label and will report directly to UMG Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. An Atlanta native and graduate of Riverwood High School, Habtemariam checked in with V-103’s Greg Street to discuss the her new promotion telling Street, “It’s been a long road.”

“It’s a little surreal to be completely honest with you, but it has been a lot of hard work along the way and incredible people that have been in my life,” Habtemariam told Street in an exclusive V-103 interview in which she even credited him for being instrumental in her journey. “You’ve always been there giving me encouragement and inspiration since I was a kid,” Habtemariam continued.

With the announcement of Habtemariam’s promotion, Grainge said, “Motown is such a an important voice and just as when it was founded by Berry Gordy, it’s impact continues to be felt around the world. Motown’s resurgence and powerful partnerships under Ethiopia’s leadership has advanced the label’s legacy as home to some of today’s biggest hitmakers and most meaningful voices in music.”

See full article: by: Daminon Lewis, Ramona Lewis, DeBreaus, and Greg Street for V103, 2021