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Sony Music appoints Gatfield

By | Published on Monday 14 February 2011

Sony Music

Sony Music has announced the appointment of former EMI A&R boss and Island Records chief Nick Gatfield to the job of President Of Music Division for the UK.

Gatfield was the big A&R hire at EMI after Terra Firma had taken over and fired everybody. Despite various changes to his job title and remit while with the major, he still managed to sign Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle, Deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia, despite all the insecurity that surrounded EMI’s long term future. Gatfield was one three senior execs to depart the flagging record company in September last year.

In his new job, which he’ll take up in May, Gatfield will report directly to Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty, with the MDs of the Sony label divisions then reporting to the new recruit. Says Ged: “Nick is one of the most successful executives in the music business today.  I’m thrilled he is joining us – he brings a wealth of experience to the Sony Music UK management team at what is a crucial time for the music industry”.

Gatfield himself told CMU: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Ged and the music team to further establish Sony UK as the natural destination for the best artists in the market and become the leading exporter of UK talent around the world”.