Fabian Stilke, born in Hamburg (Germany), is a music industry executive with 24 years of experience. Fabian has a broad experience in transformational initiatives, leveraging digital disruption and leading teams through change. He joined Universal Music Group (PolyGram) in 1999 as a trainee. In 2001 he moved to Switzerland, where he headed the royalty and licensing department.
From 2004 to 2006, he was responsible for the launch of the groups mobile business in Austria and Switzerland at Universal Mobile SAS, based in Vienna. In 2006 he was promoted to Head of Digital in Austria and became a member of the Austrian management board at the age of 28. He advances to Director of Business Development for Austria and the Western Balkans.
Since 2015, Fabian has led Universal Music’s operations in the Western Balkans region as General Manager. In 2021, he was responsible for the regional launch of Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, an artist-development-focused, full-service partner to the independent label and artist community working with regional acts like Rasta (Balkaton), Joker Out, Magnifico, Konstrakta (Gruvlend!), Amira Medunjanin (Kontra Rights), Buč Kesidi (Kontra Rights) Ekatarina Velika (Zadužbina Milana Mladenovića) but to name a few.