Universal Music Classics and Jazz has elevated Dickon Stainer from GM to managing director, with effect from January.

London-based Stainer will succeed incumbent Bill Holland, who this week retires from the company after 27 years service. Holland will continue to work with UCJ as an exclusive advisor.

Universal Music Operations president David Joseph, to whom Stainer reports, described the outgoing Holland as one of the "music industry's true gentlemen.""

"Bill has made a phenomenal contribution to this company and I am very pleased he has agreed to take on an advisory role with UCJ," he adds.

In a related move, Mark Wilkinson is promoted from marketing director to GM of marketing, a role in which he will continue an eight-year partnership with Stainer.

"Artists such as Russell Watson, Jamie Cullum, Katherine Jenkins and Madeleine Peyroux have all become household names thanks to the work of Bill, Dickon and their team," says Joseph.