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Dickon Stainer Tapped to Lead Universal's Global Classics Group

Dickon Stainer
Courtesy of Universal Music Group

Dickon Stainer

Dickon Stainer, longtime head of Decca Records Group, has been appointed president and CEO of Global Classics to spearhead all things classical music at Universal Music Group International. For this new role, which is based in London, Stainer will oversee labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury Classics. He'll report to Max Hole, UMGI's chairman and CEO.

As part of his duties, Stainer will be in charge of classical music site Sinfini Music and he'll also chair Universal's new Global Classic Board which also includes Hole, Frank Briegmann, Graham Southern, Costa Pilavachi and Elizabeth Sobol. In a statement announcing the appointment, Hole calls Stainer a "rare combination of musician, A&R man and executive who is uniquely qualified for this new role."

Stainer has worked in the classical music biz since 1991 when he joined Universal Music/PolyGram in the marketing department. After a brief stint at Warner Classics, he returned to Universal Classics and Jazz and was promoted to director of marketing in 2002. He has been president of the Decca group since 2010.

Joining Stainer's management team at Global Classics will be Graham Southern, who has been named chief operating officer and svp of the label group.

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