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Jason Iley has been named chairman/CEO for Sony Music U.K. and Ireland by CEO Doug Morris, replacing the outgoing Nick Gatfield.
Iley will be based in London and oversee all of Sony Music’s frontline labels in the region, including Columbia UK, Epic Records UK and RCA Label Group UK; he will report directly to Morris as well as international chairman/CEO Edgar Berger.
Commented Morris, “Jason has played a critical role in developing global hits for some of the biggest artists in the industry over the last decade. We couldn’t be happier to have him leading our team in the U.K.”
Iley was previously president of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Records. Prior to that, he was president of Mercury Records U.K., culminating a 15-year career at Universal Music UK, where he worked across all three frontline labels, including Polydor and Island. At Island, Iley was responsible for launching the careers of Amy Winehouse and Keane while managing the global launch of U2’s multiplatinum albums of the 2000s.
In 2005, Iley became president of Mercury Records, where he worked with Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jay Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Metallica, while continuing to work with U2. He also was instrumental in the success of Rihanna, Chase & Status, Jake Bugg and Arcade Fire. Iley’s music business career started at Sony Music in 1994, when he joined the company as a product manager from design agency Blue Source.
Added Iley, “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead the U.K. company under Doug Morris. I look forward to working with some of the best artists in the world and the extraordinary team of executives at Sony Music. Having started my career in music at Sony Music, I feel like I’m coming home. I’d also like to say a huge thank-you to Jay Z, who has been an inspiration to work with at Roc Nation.”
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