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Former Universal Music chief exec joins Metropolis Studios

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Max Hole CBE (left), former chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), joins Metropolis Studios.

In his new role as non-executive chairman for the West London studios, Hole will join the board assisting the company on strategy across its music and wider entertainment alliances.

At UMGI, Hole was responsible for the operations of Universal Music’s territories and regions worldwide excluding US.

He joined in 1998 as senior vice president of marketing and A&R, advancing to executive vice president in 2004.

Then in 2010 he was appointed chief operating officer, and assumed the role of chairman and chief executive shortly after.

Hole has been closely involved with the careers of artists including Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Sting, Queen, Taylor Swift and The Eagles.

Ian Brenchley (right), Metropolis Studios chief executive, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled Max is joining the board here at Metropolis. We are at an exciting juncture for the company as our portfolio of businesses across production, management, publishing and labels have diversified cementing our ethos of Metropolis as a truly progressive and 360 music company. To have Max share our vision and enthusiasm is a real privilege.’

Hole added: ‘I’m very fortunate to have spent my life involved in many different aspects of the music business and having travelled extensively around the world.

‘I love my new opportunity of helping the wonderful business built by chief executive Ian and his team at Metropolis. It’s a remarkable model that I find really exciting that is the basis of us building all aspects of managing, recording, publishing and breaking artists in the future.’

Hole is also on the board of the BRIT Trust.

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