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Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is exiting Columbia U.K. after six years as President. “To work with all the legendary artists on Columbia has been a dream come true,” he tells us.

Unger-Hamilton is reportedly leaving alongside label MD, Manish Arora, according to a report in Record of the Day. Confirming his news to HITS, Unger-Hamilton said: “I’ve been grateful for the opportunity that Rob [Stringer] and Jason [Iley] have given me.”

Unger-Hamilton took the top seat at Columbia in 2016 and has since had success with acts such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Foo Fighters, Kasabian, Harry Styles and George Ezra.

A respected A&R exec in the British industry, he has storied history at UMG, spanning labels Island, EMI and Polydor and working with acts including Keane, Portishead, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, James Blake and Take That. You'll be informed of his next move as soon as we get the memo.