UMPG Names Mike McCormack Managing Director U.K.
June 16, 2016 at 10:51 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP has named MIKE McCORMACK Managing Director U.K., succeeding PAUL CONNOLLY, who is stepping down from his role as President of EUROPE and Managing Director U.K.
McCORMACK first joined UMPG’s U.K. business in 1999 as Deputy Managing Director and during that time, he signed and worked with artists and songwriters including ADELE, ALABAMA SHAKES, LILY ALLEN, DANGER MOUSE, THE DARKNESS, THE KILLERS, MGMT and SIGUR ROS.
In his new role, the LONDON-based executive reports to Chairman/CEO JODY GERSON. For the last three years, he has served in an advisory role to UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING U.K.
Commented GERSON: “We’re thrilled to have an executive with MIKE’s experience, creativity, and deep artist relationships leading our U.K. company. He has been responsible for bringing to UMPG some of the U.K.’s most successful and influential songwriters, and I’m confident that in his new role, he will build upon UMPG’s stature as the industry’s best home for songwriters.
“Let me also extend our thanks to PAUL CONNOLLY for all of his many contributions through the years. During his tenure, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING signed enormously talented songwriters across many musical genres and became a creative force in the U.K. He also assembled an industry-leading creative team that will continue to achieve great things for UMPG and our songwriters.”
Said McCORMACK: “After spending time with JODY, I realized we share the same vision and ambition creatively, so it was a very straightforward decision when she offered me this incredible opportunity to work with her and MARC CIMINO to lead the U.K. company and its stellar team to even bigger and better successes.
“I’m deeply indebted to PAUL for his leadership, friendship and support since joining UMPG and I wish him nothing but the best with his future plans. He is an exceptional person as well as a brilliant executive and we have had a lot of fun, as well as great success, working together over the years.”
McCORMACK was previously at 19 MUSIC PUBLISHGING, where he helped SIMON FULLER set up the company’s sports agency and worked across its roster of music artists and TV projects, including the creation of S CLUB 7. He was Director of A&R at RCA RECIRDS and was part of the label’s team that worked with the original TAKE THAT. He also worked closely with ANNIE LENNOX and MORRISSEY on their solo projects. Before joining RCA, McCormack led the A&R team at VIRGIN MUSIC PUBLISHING that signed THE VERVE and THE PRODIGY, among many others. He originally joined VIRGIN as an A&R Manager and signed artists including TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY, STEREO MCS and the original members of TAKE THAT.