Sony BMG Entertainment U.K.'s Columbia Label Group has recruited Nick Huggett to the post of A&R head.

With immediate effect, Huggett joins Columbia from indie label XL Recordings, where he has signed the likes of Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal, MIA, Jack Penate, Adele and Cajun Dance Party during a six-year period.

"I'm delighted to bring Nick to Columbia," comments Mike Smith, London-based managing director of Columbia Label Group, to whom Huggett reports. "I've long admired his taste and approach to the business. He's a very dynamic and versatile, A&R man who operates with great passion and these are qualities essential to Columbia's A&R strategy."