UMG's Decca Records Elevates Laura Monks to General Manager

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Laura Monks

Decca Records has promoted Laura Monks to general manager of the storied label. Since joining the Universal Music Group imprint in 2012 as a senior digital campaign manager, Monks has had to change her business cards multiple times, first to head of digital, then director of digital & commercial partnerships and, since 2016, director of marketing & commercial partnerships.

"Laura is without doubt one of the most exciting executives in the industry," said Decca president Rebecca Allen, to whom Monks will continue to report. "Her drive, leadership and passion for this business has strengthened Decca as a music company. Laura pushes me as a label Head and always has an eye on our future. She isn’t afraid to challenge and isn’t afraid to debate."

Monks began here carer at EMI Classics, rising to international digital manager, before joining Decca, where she has worked on successful campaigns for artists including Ball & Boe, Gregory Porter, The Lumineers, Aurora, Andrea Bocelli and The Shires. The label recently signed Jurassic Park actor Jeff Goldblum.

"I am so proud to be taking on this role at Decca, such a historic label and home to a hugely diverse roster of artists - no day ever the same, every plan and challenge unique," commented Monks. "There's nowhere like it! Cutting through and making a difference, taking people by surprise, is what we strive for and I'm excited to lead a team of incredibly passionate and driven individuals in taking on this challenge and the next that will come along."

Elsewhere at the U.K.-based label, which earlier this year released the official recording of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding album, head of marketing Sophie Hilton has been elevated to director of marketing and visual creative, Decca UK, reporting to Monks.