Jobanputra Named Pres. Virgin/U.K.
May 18, 2009 at 6:51 AM (PT)
EMI MUSIC has upped SHABS JOBANPUTRA, one of the UK’s most successful A&R executives of the last 10 years and the co-founder of EMI’s joint venture label RELENTLESS, has been promoted to the position of Pres./VIRGIN RECORDS UK. JOBANPUTRA reports to EMI Pres./New Music for NORTH AMERICA/U.K./IRELAND NICK GATFIELD. .
JOBANPUTRA co-founded RELENTLESS in 1999 as an independent label, initially focussing on Urban music. RELENTLESS became a joint venture with EMI in 2003 under JOBANPUTRA’s continuing A&R leadership.
GATFIELD said, "SHABS has got the drive and ambition to ensure VIRGIN becomes a leading home for U.K. talent. His ability to identify and develop artists across all genres makes him the ideal candidate for the role."
JOBANPUTRA added, "It's a great time to be coming on board as EMI seeks to become the #1 music-based company that adds real value to artists and their work."