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Polydor appoints new co-presidents

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Tom March and Ben Mortimer have been announced as the new co-presidents of Polydor.

Tom is joining the company from Virgin EMI where he worked as general manager. Ben is being promoted from his current role as A&R director at Polydor.

The pair are being reunited having had a three-year golden run at Island Records where they worked together on the global breakthrough of Florence + The Machine.

David Joseph, UK chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) at Universal Music announced the appointments.

He said: ‘Universal Music has built its success on promoting from within and in Ben and Tom we have two exceptionally creative executives with a shared ability to truly realise their artists’ vision. They have already proved they are a great team and I know their drive and energy will take Polydor into another world-beating era.’

Since becoming Polydor’s A&R director in 2012, Ben’s signings have included Years & Years – the UK’s biggest breakthrough band of the past year – and the Grammy-nominated Haim. He has also worked closely with James Blake.

Tim’s career has also progressed quickly, moving from The Darling Department to Island in 2006, starting as a junior product manager and moving up the ranks to become Island’s head of marketing before he left in 2013 to join his long time boss Ted Cockle for the launch of Virgin EMI.

His CV includes work with a range of artists including Queen, Paul Weller, Jessie J, Mika, Tom Jones, James Bay, Avicii, Lorde, Jamie T, Katy Perry, Halsey, Chemical Brothers and Naughty Boy.

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