Columbia UK Appoints Stacey Tang and Manish Arora Co-Managing Directors

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Manish Arora, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and Stacey Tang

Stacey Tang and Manish Arora have been named co-managing directors of Columbia Records U.K. with immediate effect, reporting to label president Ferdy Unger-Hamilton.

Tang has been with the British arm of Columbia Records since 2012 and was appointed general manager in 2015. Meanwhile, Arora joins the Sony frontline label from Polydor, where he was director of promotion working on campaigns for Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga  and Years & Years, among others.

"I am delighted to have Stacey and Manish as the new driving force of Columbia," said Unger-Hamilton in a statement confirming their appointment. Praising their "combined skills in marketing and promotion" and "hunger for success," he said that "there are no two people better equipped to help me and the whole team take the label into the future."

Tang thanked Unger-Hamilton and Sony Music U.K. and Ireland Chairman/CEO Jason Iley for their recognition and support, and said she was "thrilled to be building the label's future successes" alongside "an incredibly talented and diverse team."

"They're undoubtedly the best in the business," stated Tang, who has helped deliver global campaigns for Calvin Harris, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Harry Styles and breakout British star Rag'n'Bone Man during her time at the label.

"Columbia's reputation for being one of the most committed and artist friendly labels is borne out in it's amazing roster and I had always dreamt of joining the team there," added Arora, who began his career in 2000 at Anglo Plugging where he is credited with setting up the U.K. industry's first online PR department.

He has also held posts at Virgin Records, rising to the role of VP of press and promotions, overseeing campaigns for artists including David Guetta, Katy Perry  and The Rolling Stones.

The exec cited the opportunity of reuniting with Unger-Hamilton, who has also held a number of senior positions at Virgin and, says Arora, "cares more than most," as being a "big draw" in his decision to move over from Universal.

Since becoming label president in October 2016, Unger-Hamilton has led the U.K. arm of Columbia Records to strong commercial success, scoring six No. 1 albums in the U.K., including a double platinum selling debut from Rag'n'Bone Man and Harry Styles' hit solo set.


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