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Sony/ATV Reshuffles UK Management Team in Wake of Guy Moot Exit

David Ventura and Tim Major
Andy Cronk

David Ventura and Tim Major

The U.K. arm of Sony/ATV has a new look senior leadership team led by David Ventura and Tim Major

Effective immediately, Ventura takes up the post of president and co-managing director with Major, who was also promoted to co-managing director. They take over from Guy Moot, who held the dual role of Sony/ATV U.K. managing director and president of worldwide creative prior to becoming Warner/Chappell Music CEO/co-chairman in April. 

Ventura and Major will report to Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Jon Platt. Supporting them at the head of the U.K. business will be William Booth, who has been at Sony/ATV UK since 2012 and is promoted to executive vp/chief operating officer. 

“Our U.K. company is critical to the global success of Sony/ATV, so I am delighted to have two exceptionally experienced and talented executives leading it,” said Platt in a statement announcing the management reshuffle.

Platt said Ventura has “a rare gift for A&R that brings out the best in our songwriters and builds enduring, successful careers.” That skillset will be complemented by Major’s “incisive legal skills and business acumen,” continued Platt, who said he was confident the newly assembled U.K. team will make Sony/ATV “the ultimate home for songwriters.”

Ventura was vp European creative at EMI Music Publishing prior to its acquisition by Sony/ATV in 2012. Since then he’s held a number of senior A&R roles at the publisher, most recently Head of A&R, U.K. and svp, International. Artists he’s signed or worked with during his time at Sony/ATV include Clean Bandit, Martin Solveig, Passenger, Kygo, Jorja Smith, Sigrid, Camelphat and Skepta

Major joined the British arm of Sony/ATV in 2013 as legal and business affairs manager and was promoted to general counsel in 2017. He called his promotion to co-managing director “an honour” and said that he was excited at what he and Ventura can achieve together, backed by the “experience, wisdom and knowledge” of Booth.  

“I am very lucky to be entering into this new chapter with Tim Major who is incredible as my partner. I believe we complement each other very well and our dynamic is without doubt a motivating force,” said Ventura, calling his new role a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”  

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