LONDON (VIP NEWS) — Sony Music Entertainment has confirmed the promotion of executive vice president Nicola Tuer to the head of its U.K. label, following last week’s shock departure of CEO and chairman Nick Gatfield.
As deputy to Gatfield, Tuer’s rise to the top role at Britain’s second-largest record label had been widely expected, although the fact that she has been named in the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the U.K. company, and not automatically promoted to CEO, suggests that there may well be further senior executive appointments around the corner.
In her new role as COO, Tuer will oversee the running of the U.K. business, including frontline, catalogue, label services and the core service departments, and will report to president and CEO Sony Music International, Edgar Berger, also based in London. A spokesperson for Sony Music declined to comment when asked if the vacant CEO or chairman positions were to be filled.
"Nicola’s competitive spirit, commercial acumen and passion for music are unrivalled in the business. I am delighted to announce her promotion to COO and I am certain she will have enormous impact in leading the U.K. company to the next level,” said Berger in a statement.
Nicola Tuer also commented on her promotion, saying: “I am thrilled to have this opportunity. Sony is home to the most iconic labels and artists in the industry. Add to that our incredibly exciting roster of new artists and our dynamic executive team and we have all the ingredients to grow the company even further."
Having begun her career in music retail, Nicola Tuer joined Sony Music’s sales team in 1995 and was made director of sales in 2000, climbing to the position of vice president sales in 2002. Following the merger of Sony and BMG in 2005, Tuer was promoted to SVP before becoming SVP of the newly-merged commercial sales department three years later. From 2008, Tuer’s remit also included catalogue, synch and licensing and Sony Music Ireland. — according to billboard