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Warner rejigs top team at UK label, opens office in Vietnam

By | Published on Tuesday 7 April 2020

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Warner Music announced a rejig at the top of its Warner Records UK label yesterday. Jennifer Ivor has been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, while Sukhraj Johal joins the company from Sony’s Syco Music to become General Manager.

Both will report in to the label’s President Phil Christie. Johal’s focus will be the label’s domestic repertoire, while Ivor will be responsible for international acts and releases coming to the UK from Warner Records US. Ivor will also lead on marketing and creative for all of the label’s rock and alternative artists, including the likes of Foals, Biffy Clyro and Muse.

Confirming all this, the aforementioned Christie said: “Sukhraj brings a fresh and dynamic approach to breaking and developing new and established talent. Her progressive outlook and wide-ranging industry experience mean she’s ideally placed to help deliver our agenda for change, and I’m delighted to welcome her to the Warner Records team”.

“Jen has played a pivotal role in the success of our label over the last decade”, he went on. “She’s guided our team as they’ve delivered campaigns that have got people talking and broken some of Britain’s most exciting artists. She’s one of the most respected execs in the industry and a cornerstone of our label, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to propel our US repertoire and drive our business forward in the years ahead”.

Elsewhere at Warner Records UK, Sebastian Simone has also been promoted to the role of Director Of Audience, while Alex Burford has announced that he will step down as the division’s Head Of Marketing later this month.

And elsewhere in the world of Warner – albeit on the other side of the world – the major has announced the opening of a new division in Vietnam to be headed up by Lisa Nguyen.

She’ll report into Warner Music Asia President Simon Robson who says: “This is a crucial moment in the development of Vietnam’s digital music market and it’s vital that we have a presence on the ground. I’m delighted that Lisa is heading our team as she’s highly respected in the Vietnamese music community, combining impressive marketing and A&R skills with a great understanding of the local music scene. This is a milestone moment in Warner’s strategy of expanding its international footprint in our ever more globalised music market”.

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