Warner Music UK has announced a raft of strategic internal changes, with Abbey Road managing director Isobel Garvey joining as COO, as well as several other high profile promotions, arrivals, and departures.
The reshuffle is designed to allow the company to ‘evolve into the future’, according to Warner Music UK CEO Tony Harlow, with Abbey Road managing director Garvey taking on the newly created role of chief operating officer on May 9.
There is also a leadership change at Parlophone Records, with Jennifer Ivory, who is currently SVP of Warner Records UK, taking over the label as managing director. As part of the changes, Parlophone co-presidents Nick Burgess, Mark ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, and recently appointed general manager Jack Melhuish will all leave the label. Melhuish was only appointed the role of general manager last month (February 2023).
"This is an exciting new phase for WMUK,” said Harlow. “Isabel’s appointment signals our constant evolution, bringing her widely admired creativity, innovation and technological entrepreneurship to the service of our artists and their visions. Jen has been with us for over 14 years and has grown into one of the most exceptional and influential voices at WMUK and one of our best marketeers. She supervised four Number One albums last year alone. Under her leadership, Parlophone’s employees will be dedicated to signing and developing the next generation of outstanding talent.
"I'd like to thank Nick and Mitch for an outstanding job at Parlophone," Harlow added. "They've been strong and thoughtful leaders in difficult times and, in partnership with Jack, have had a real impact that has been vital for Parlophone's growth. We wish them well in their future adventures."
Parlophone will also join Warner Records UK, Roadrunner, FFRR and Elektra Entertainment in a newly created coalition of labels, which will sit under the overall guidance of Warner Records UK President, Joe Kentish. Within the new structure, Ivory, Kentish and recently appointed managing director of Warner Records UK, Alex Burford, can strategically plan and boost both labels as part of the collaborative group. Parlophone will maintain independent A&R and marketing functions but will draw on a centralised team of experts and adopt a ‘shared service approach’ to the other key functions.