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“Having started my career in music at
Sony Music, I
feel like I’m
coming home.”

JASON ILEY NAMED CEO OF
SONY MUSIC U.K. & IRELAND

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

That was quick. Jason Iley has been named Chairman/CEO, Sony Music U.K. & Ireland, filling the vacancy created by the February exit of Nick Gatfield. Sony Music ruler Doug Morris made the announcement.

In this crucial role, Iley will oversee all of Sony Music’s frontline labels in the region, including the U.K. operations of Columbia, Epic and RCA. Iley will be based in London and reports directly to Morris, as well as Sony Music International Chairman/CEO Edgar Berger.

"Jason has played a critical role in developing global hits for some of the biggest artists in the industry over the last decade," said Morris. "We couldn’t be happier to have him leading our team in the U.K."

Said Iley, clearly delighted to be back in London after enduring a brutal New York winter, "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to lead the U.K. company under Doug Morris. I look forward to working with some of the best artists in the world and the extraordinary team of executives at Sony Music. Having started my career in music at Sony Music, I feel like I’m coming home. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Jay Z, who has been an inspiration to work with at Roc Nation."

Iley was previously President of Jay Z’s Roc Nation Records. Prior to that, he was President of Mercury, the culmination of a 15-year career at Universal Music U.K., where he worked across all three frontline labels, also including Polydor and Island. At Island, Iley was responsible for launching the careers of Amy Winehouse and Keane and managed the global launch of each of U2’s albums of the 2000s.

In 2005, Iley became President of Mercury, where he worked with Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jay Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Metallica, and he continued to work with U2. He was also instrumental in the success of Rihanna, Chase & Status, Jake Bugg and Arcade Fire. Iley’s music-biz career started at Sony Music in 1994, when he joined the company as a product manager from design agency Blue Source—so it’s welcome home all around.

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