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6/24/21

Universal Music U.K. has appointed Simon Johnson to the new role of Managing Director of Strategy, Growth and eCommerce. He joins from Amazon.

Reporting to Chairman & CEO David Joseph, Johnson joins the company on 6/28. As part of the UMU.K. leadership team, Johnson will drive the company’s overall eCommerce strategy, focusing on building strategies, capabilities and new businesses to deliver growth.

The new title signals the company’s ambition to supercharge and open up new commercial opportunities for its artists. 

"Simon brings his strategic vision alongside incredible experience in management, retail, data and analytics to this new role, but above all he is a creative and innovative thinker who shares our belief in the huge potential for eCommerce and finding authentic new ways for our artists to build their markets and audiences,” Joseph said. 

Johnson has spent six years in a variety of leadership roles for Amazon in Europe, most recently overseeing the books/Kindle business across the U.K., Germany, France, Italy and Spain alongside the subsidiary Book Depository.

Prior to joining Amazon in 2015, Johnson spent eight years at HarperCollins as Group Managing Director, U.K. & International.