Parlophone Appoints Nick Burgess as Co-President

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Nick Burgess

Nick Burgess is to join Mark Mitchell at the head of Parlophone Records, Warner UK has announced. 

Formerly svp of A&R at Virgin EMI, Burgess' appointment to the role of co-president has been expected ever since Miles Leonard stepped down from the role of chairman at the start of last year. Since then, Mitchell has been running the label on his own, although Warner always intended an experienced executive to join him.  

Both Burgess and Mitchell will report to Max Lousada, CEO of Recorded Music, WMG and Chairman & CEO, Warner Music UK.

"Parlophone has always provided an environment for independent, unconventional artists that influence and change culture. Nick comes to Warner with an outstanding track record of finding and breaking original British talent, and I've always been impressed by his vision, fearlessness, and creative spirit," said Lousada in a statement. 

Lousada went on to call Burgess "the perfect choice" to join Mitchell and create a "dynamic, transformative leadership team that will grow Parlophone's presence on the global stage."

"Parlophone has been making its mark on British culture for as long as I can remember, and I could not be more excited, or more humbled, to have the opportunity to play a part in navigating this iconic label into its next chapter," said Burgess, who takes up his role February 1.

Burgess joins the label from Universal owned Virgin EMI, where he most recently held the post of SVP of A&R, signing and developing Bastille, Chvrches, Blossoms, MNEK, Lewis Capaldi and Loyle Carner. From 2008 until 2011, he was managing director of Jive Records UK and helped break British rapper Chipmunk. The widely respected exec has also held A&R roles at Virgin Records -- where he signed The Kooks and The Thrills -- and independent Gut Records. Prior to entering the A&R business, Burgess played guitar in the band Glue Bound, who were signed to EMI.

"Both Mitch and I live and breathe the artist-first philosophy, and we intend to place that at the heart of every decision we make," said Burgess about his new role at the helm of Parlophone, which Warner acquired from EMI in 2013.

"I'm hugely excited to welcome Nick into the Warner family, whose commitment to shaping the success of our current roster, as well as identifying and nurturing the talent of tomorrow, is at the very fibre of who we are," added Mitchell. He continued: "For us, the goal is to create a home for artists that is synonymous with creativity, authenticity, support, and mutual respect -- all the elements that will define our working partnership together."