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New boss at RCA UK as Sony Music completes senior management restructure

By | Published on Wednesday 14 December 2016

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Sony Music UK has allied one of its acquisitions from earlier this year, the Ministry Of Sound Recordings label, with its RCA frontline label operation, promoting the former’s MD David Dollimore to the new role of President of RCA/MoS Recordings. The major says that the “partnering of the two labels is an exciting strategic development”, and who are we to question the strategic excitement caused by a restructure?

The two constituent units will continue to have their own MDs reporting into Dollimore, with his colleague at the Ministry label Dipesh Parmar becoming MD there, while RCA UK General Manager Neil Hughes is also promoted into an MD role.

The rejig also sees the departure of previous RCA UK boss Colin Barlow. His exiting comes just over a month after former Columbia UK chiefs Alison Donald and Mark Terry also left the major, which constitutes quite an overhaul at the top of Sony’s UK record company on the watch of overall CEO Jason Iley. His former Universal Music colleague Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is now heading up Columbia UK.

Confirming the latest restructure, Iley said: “The coming together of these two exceptional labels is incredibly exciting for Sony Music UK – two powerhouse labels with a phenomenal strike rate led by three of the best execs in the business”.

But it was Dollimore who got to be THRILLED about the whole thing. “It’s an honour to be joining the Sony family and leading the incredible teams at RCA and Ministry Of Sound Recordings into the next era for the labels”, he said. “It is a privilege to be working for an industry leader like Jason at this pivotal time. It is really exciting to be a major part of his vision for the new landscape of Sony. I’m THRILLED Dipesh will be taking over the role of MD of Ministry Of Sound Recordings. Over the last decade we have grown a business that we are both very proud of. I am also looking forward to working closely with Neil, who has an outstanding pedigree across the industry”.

Dollimore having used up the THRILLED quota, Iley went with DELIGHTED as he expanded on his new appointments. “I’m DELIGHTED David is taking up this new role as President of RCA UK and Ministry Of Sound Recordings. He is one of the most dynamic and innovative A&R executives in the business whose track record speaks for itself. Dave is the future. Dipesh is also an incredible executive who has helped Ministry become the driving force it is today and I’m excited to see him take the label forward here at Sony Music. It’s also a thoroughly well deserved promotion for Neil whose relationships with the RCA artists are second to none. He has been invaluable at RCA in recent years”.

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