Former Virgin U.K. boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been appointed president of Polydor Records. He will report to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph.

Unger-Hamilton is returning to Universal Music, where he spent a decade up until 2006 when he left to become managing director of Virgin Records. He was promoted to president of A&R Labels, Virgin, as part of EMI's restructuring in April but left shortly after.

He first joined Universal in 1996 as managing director of the Polydor-affiliated Go Beat, working with artists including Gabrielle and Portishead. Unger-Hamilton then moved to Island in 2002, signing Keane. At Virgin, he worked with The Kooks, Jamie T and Laura Marling.

"Ferdy's artist development record speaks for itself, but above all he is an exceptional leader, someone who gets the best out of the people around him whether they are artists or executives," said Joseph in a statement.

The appointment takes effect on Dec. 8.

"I am very proud to be returning to the most consistently fantastic team of the past decade and look forward to being part of bringing the company into another exciting new era," added Unger-Hamilton.

Polydor was previously overseen by David Joseph and Polydor co-president Colin Barlow, who was last month appointed president of Geffen U.K.

Polydor has scored 26 Top 10 albums this year, including Duffy's "Rockferry" and Elbow's Nationwide Mercury Prize winner, "The Seldom Seen Kid."

The label group's U.K. signings also include Snow Patrol, Scissor Sisters and James Morrison; Polydor has also driven U.K. sales for US artists including Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Black Eyed Peas and Pussycat Dolls.

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