Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president David Joseph.

Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president David Joseph.

In his new role as president, Universal Music Operations, Joseph has added stripes for the Universal Classics & Jazz and UMTV companies in the United Kingdom, and will assume duties for Universal Music U.K.'s new television production arm, details for which will be unveiled shortly.

Going forward, UCJ managing director Bill Holland and UMTV MD Brian Berg now both report to Joseph. The heads of the Polydor, Island and Mercury labels in the United Kingdom continue to report to Grainge.

Colin Barlow continues to jointly-oversee Polydor U.K. as co-president alongside Joseph.

London-based Joseph joined the company in 1998 as GM of Polydor U.K. In February 2002, he was elevated to joint managing director of Polydor U.K. alongside Barlow. He was elevated to co-president of the frontline U.K. label in January 2006.

In a statement, Grainge describes Joseph as an executive who has developed "into an exceptional record man." Grainge adds, "He will make a great impact and contribution to the businesses within the U.K. group that he now has additional responsibility for managing."

Joseph comments, "As well as taking Polydor to the next level, I want to put my energy into supporting the incredible teams at Classics & Jazz and UMTV to build on their success, and above all to break new artists in every genre."

Joseph's elevation is part of Grainge's ongoing realignment of Universal Music U.K.'s senior management team, which began following his appointment as chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group International in July 2005.

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