'A True Artist Champion': Warner Music UK Appoints Tony Harlow Chairman & CEO

Tony Harlow
David Geffin

Tony Harlow

LONDON — Tony Harlow has been appointed chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK. He succeeds Max Lousada, who has held the post since 2013 and retained the position when he assumed his global role as CEO of recorded music two years ago.

Harlow joined Warner in 2010 as managing director for Australasia and was promoted to president of global artist and label services arm of WEA in March 2017. He’s credited with expanding WEA’s streaming-focused marketing, as well as overseeing the integration of platform acquisitions Songkick, EMP, and UPROXX.

Prior to joining Warner, Harlow worked for EMI and EMI Music Australia before returning to the U.K. in 2002 to take up the post of CEO at Richard Branson's V2 label. Following V2's acquisition by Universal Music Group in 2007, the British exec held a number of roles at the major, including heading the international marketing team.

"Tony has a depth and diversity of experience that few can match, said Lousada, who called Harlow a "true artist champion with a total passion for music."

"As an entrepreneurial leader, he has a progressive and ambitious vision for where the business needs to go next. He’ll be a great mentor to the next generation of creatives and executives, building an environment where original talent is nurtured and challenged," continued the Warner recorded music boss, calling the role of Warner Music UK chairman and CEO "a job that’s very close to my heart." He added, "I couldn’t be leaving it in better hands."

"The U.K. is a vital source for many of the world’s most influential artists, cultural trends, and creative innovations. At the same time, it’s been leading the way in erasing the barriers of genre and geography for international talent," said Harlow in a statement. He takes up his new post February 2020.

His appointment as chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK -- home to Atlantic Records, Parlophone Records, Warner Records, Rhino Records, Warner Classics, and ADA -- comes on the back of a golden run for the London-based label, which has so far claimed the top spot on the British singles chart for 30 weeks this year and recently celebrated Coldplay’s eighth consecutive number one album with Everyday Life.

Other artists signed to Warner Music U.K. include Anne-Marie, Charli XCX, Foals, Jess Glynne, Kano, Liam Gallagher, Muse, Paul Weller, Royal Blood. Kate Bush and Stereophonics. It also looks after the catalogs for David Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Smiths.