Two-and-a half-years have passed since Daniel Miller and his Mute brand split from EMI and returned to the “independent” community. Now, the British exec is confident his Mute group of companies is positioned for growth, and he’s named two senior executives to his team to ensure that happens.
Shirin Foroutan joins as global managing director of the Mute group, while Dick O’Dell comes on board as head of artist management.
In her new role as managing director of Mute Artists Limited (record label), Mute Song Limited (publishing) and Mute Management (artist management division), Foroutan has duties for the companies’ offices in London, New York and Berlin. She’ll be tasked with overseeing each company’s day-to-day operations, development and the implementation of their long-term strategic initiatives and work closely with Miller and the senior team, which comprises Andrew King (Mute Song), Mark Fotiadis (Mute USA), Anne Haffmans (Mute Germany) and O’Dell (Mute Management).
Previously, Foroutan served as senior legal advisor to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies. Prior to that, she’d worked as director, legal affairs (ceremonies) of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
O’Dell has an extensive music biz resume, which began with Y Records and evolved into a successful carreer in artist management, working with such artists as Gang of Four, William Orbit, Leftfield, Beth Orton and Ed Harcourt, Bat for Lashes, and more recently, Beth Jeans Houghton. O’Dell co-founded with Orbit the dub house label Guerilla Records.
Miller and Mute left the EMI family in 2010 to become a wholly independent company again. EMI initially took control of Mute in 2002 in a deal worth £23 million ($33 million at May 2002 exchange rates).
Miller launched Mute in London back in 1978. In the decades that followed, he built a cooler-than-cool roster of alternative and electronic act, which included Depeche Mode, Moby, Goldfrapp, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Plastikman.
In a statement, Miller says, “Shirin and Dick join Mute at a very important time in our development,” noting since the EMI split in 2010 “we have positioned ourselves for growth.”
He adds, “This is a very exciting time for us. With Goldfrapp and Erasure releases planned for 2013, plus remarkable talents such as Beth Jeans Houghton, Big Deal and Polly Scattergood continuing to develop, we are very well placed to take our next steps.”
Mute albums waiting for a release date include forthcoming sets from Goldfrapp, Erasure, Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, and Cabaret Voltaire.