David Dollimore Picked to Lead RCA UK and Ministry of Sound


David Dollimore has been appointed president of RCA UK and Ministry of Sound Recordings, heading two of Sony U.K.’s frontline labels.

Effective immediately, Dollimore reports to Jason Iley, chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK and Ireland. His promotion from managing director of Ministry -- a position that he’s held since 2007 -- to president was announced today (Dec. 13) alongside a number of senior management changes at the U.K. arm of Sony Music.

Ministry of Sound Recordings A&R director Dipesh Parmar steps into Dollimore's shoes as managing director, while Neil Hughes has been announced as the managing director of RCA UK, succeeding Colin Barlow, who has left the company.

A spokesperson for Sony Music confirmed that RCA UK and Ministry of Sound Recordings will remain distinct entities, with Dollimore overseeing both. The British arm of Sony Music acquired Ministry earlier this year for an undisclosed sum, taking ownership of its roster, back catalogue and hugely successful compilations business, which accounts for approximately one in every six compilation albums sold in the United Kingdom.

Dollimore joined Ministry in 2000 and together with Parmar helped cement the label’s standing as one of the world’s biggest dance music labels with cumulative album sales in excess of 70 million, including 42 U.K. No. 1 albums and over 20 chart-topping singles.

Hughes promotion to managing director of RCA UK follows three years as the historic imprint’s general manager, where he worked on campaigns for Beyoncé, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith, Justin Timberlake, The Chainsmokers and Sia.

“The coming together of these two exceptional labels is incredibly exciting for Sony Music UK -- two powerhouse labels with a phenomenal strike rate led by three of the best execs in the business,” commented chairman and CEO Iley, calling Dollimore “one of the most dynamic and innovative A&R executives in the business.”

In response Dollimore said: “It’s an honour to be joining the Sony family and leading the incredible teams at RCA and Ministry of Sound Recordings into the next era for the labels.”


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