Warner Music U.K. Shuffles Exec Team, Appoints Phil Christie to Warner Bros. U.K. President

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The U.K. arm of Warner Music has reshuffled its senior management team, including the appointment of Phil Christie to the position of president, Warner Bros. Records UK.

Effective in July, Christie’s appointment marks the first time that the Warner Bros. Records UK label will have standalone leadership since 2008. Miles Leonard, who has held the dual role of chairman for both Parlophone and Warner Bros. for close to three years, is to relinquish his role with the latter to focus exclusively on Parlophone.   

Christie’s promotion to the top job at Warner Bros. Records U.K., follows a relatively brief tenure as the label’s head of A&R – a position he’s held since 2014. Artists he signed during this period included British buzz acts Dua Lipa and Rationale. Prior to joining Warner Bros. Christie spent four years as senior A&R manager at Warner/Chappell, where his signings included London Grammar, Ben Howard, Tom Odell and the Brit Award-winning rock duo Royal Blood.

"Phil is a really inspiring executive who, throughout his career, has signed some of the UK's most original acts and who has the energy, ideas and instincts to write the next chapter in the Warner Bros. Records story,” commented Max Lousada, chairman and CEO, Warner Music U.K., to whom Christie reports.

“It’s an honour to lead this iconic label and its incredible roster into a new era,” added Christie, who takes charge of a roster that includes Muse, Enya, Prince, Linkin Park, Michael Bublé, Jason Derulo, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Foals and Royal Blood.

Miles Leonard’s continued reign as chairman of Parlophone follows a succession of hit releases, including Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams, which ranked among IFPI’s top ten best-selling albums of 2015. The former EMI label, which was acquired by Warner Music in 2013, is also home to this year’s biggest selling U.K. single to date, Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.”

"It has always been our goal to build a family of distinctive, independently-minded frontline labels with their own unique cultures and creative identities, so I'm delighted that Warner Bros. and Parlophone will each return to having sole leadership," said Lousada, paying tribute to Leonard’s success in “rejuvenating Warner Bros. Records UK, reaffirming its reputation as a destination for aspiring stars.”

“I look forward to all that he'll achieve as he directs that vision fully behind Parlophone," added the Warner U.K. chairman and CEO. The executive reshuffle follows a fruitful first quarter for the U.K. arm of Warner Music, which was the only major to increase its share of singles and artist albums year-on-year, according to Official Charts Company data.