Tony Wadsworth Won’t Make Major-Label Return With Sony Music

Tony Wadsworth won’t be taking the vacant top job at Sony Music U.K. But he was certainly offered the role. 

Last week, Billboard noted the speculation that has connected the former EMI U.K. chief with the position left vacant following the recent departure of Sony’s Nick Gatfield

Sources close to Sony say Wadsworth was indeed offered the position, and conversations went on for some days. 

Wadsworth who serves as chairman of the BPI, confirmed to Billboard on the weekend that he has no plans for a return at the helm of a major-label.

The British exec has his hands full. He’s chairman of the BPI and of the Brit Awards and he chairs the environmental organization Julie’s Bicycle. He’s also non-executive director of the BIMM group of colleges, he’s visiting professor at University of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and he sits on the board of music development agency Generator, which promotes the music industry in the north east of England.

Wadsworth served with EMI for 26 years, including a stint as chairman and CEO of EMI Music U.K. & Ireland from 1998 until he left in 2008. While overseeing EMI’s U.K. labels, he played a big role in the global success of such artists as Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Kylie Minogue.

Sony Music has yet to appoint a successor to Gatfield. Nicola Tuer was apppointed COO of Sony Music's U.K. company in the days after his exit.