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Richard Connell promoted at Sony Music UK

By | Published on Friday 21 June 2013

Sony Music

Sony Music UK yesterday announced the promotion of Richard Connell, previously head of the central marketing division at the major, to the role of MD of Associated Labels. In his new job, Connell will oversee many of the smaller labels that sit under the Sony Music UK banner – ie outside the Columbia, RCA and Syco trinity – including Epic UK, Phonogenic, Relentless, Search & Destroy, Ultra and Xenomania.

Confirming the promotion, Sony Music UK boss Nick Gatfield told CMU: “Richard has proved himself an exceptional leader in his recent roles at the company and is the perfect candidate for this role. Our Associated Labels represent a hugely important part of our overall A&R strategy, we have incredibly gifted A&R leaders at each of our labels and I believe there is a real opportunity for growth with this division”.

Connell himself added: “When Nick first outlined his vision for Associated Labels I don’t think I let him finish the sentence before I said ‘I’m In’. The chance to work with such a diverse group of labels and A&R executives was a dream come true for me. To help these artists get their music out to the widest possible audience in a marketplace as exciting as the one we’re in at the moment is such an honour. Each label has its own needs, ambitions and vision, I cannot wait to get started to help deliver on them”.