Polydor Elevates Co-Presidents Tom March and Ben Mortimer

Polydor Records has tapped two old friends, Tom March and Ben Mortimer, to lead as co-presidents of the storied Universal Music label. For Mortimer, it’s a promotion after spending four years as A&R director at the label, while March joins from sister imprint Virgin EMI, where he was general manager.

The pair previously worked together at Island Records, where they are credited for helping to break Florence + The Machine internationally. They first met in the ’90s when Mortimer was a journalist (Mixmag) and March worked as a publicist for artists including Fatboy Slim.

They take the helm during a banner year for Polydor, which has scored hit albums by The 1975, Ellie Goulding, among others.

"Universal Music has built its success on promoting from within and in Ben and Tom we have two exceptionally creative executives with a shared ability to truly realise their artists’ vision," said Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph in a statement. "They have already proved they are a great team and I know their drive and energy will take Polydor into another world-beating era."