Exec now chairman-CEO of U.K. division

David Joseph has been promoted to chairman-CEO of Universal Music U.K.

Joseph, who was previously co-prexy of Polydor Records and prexy of Universal Music Operations, has been with the company for 10 years. He will report to Universal Music Group international chairman-CEO Lucian Grainge.

All divisions of Universal Music U.K. will now report to Joseph, including the frontline labels Island, Mercury, Polydor, Universal Classics & Jazz and UMTV. In addition, he will continue with his responsibilities as co-prexy of Polydor.

Grainge has been fulfilling the duties of the post to which Joseph has been promoted — a post that has been vacant since Grainge’s elevation to UMGI chairman in 2005.

“With David now advancing to U.K. chairman, I will — as mandated by Universal Music Group chairman-CEO Doug Morris — be able to concentrate more than ever on our international creative growth and A&R focus, and our overall business development,” Grainge said.

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