| 13 Jul 2024
Dickon Stainer appointed as president and CEO for Universal music's Global Classics

MUMBAI: The president of classical music label, Decca Records Group, Dickon Stainer is now also the president and CEO of Global Classics. He was with Decca Records Group as the president since 2010. In his new role, he will report to Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Max Hole, while as head of Decca Records Group, Stainer will continue to report to David Joseph, chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK & Ireland.

In this additional role as the president and CEO of Global Classics, he will oversee classical music throughout Universal Music. Stainer will be responsible for the strategic and creative direction of Universal Music’s labels like Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Mercury Classics and classical music portal Sinfini Music.

Meanwhile, Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson will report jointly to Universal Music’s President of Central Europe Frank Briegmann and Stainer.

He will be working closely with Graham Southern COO and SVP Global Classics, who will be responsible for international classical marketing, digital, catalogue and commercial affairs. Previously, Southern was VP commercial Classical for Universal Music Group International. He will also report to Stainer.

Stainer will chair Universal Music’s new Global Classics Board which also includes Max Hole, Frank Briegmann, Graham Southern, Costa Pilavachi and Elizabeth Sobol.

Stainer said, "It is a great privilege and responsibility to oversee the future and heritage of classical music at Universal Music. I look forward to working with our outstanding artists and my colleagues around the world to innovate and bring new audiences to this unique and diverse art form."

Most part of his career was with Universal Music. He started his career with the classical music business at Universal Music/PolyGram in 1991.After a few years with Warner Classics, he joined Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2002, he was promoted to the post of marketing director, later as the MD (after Universal Classics and Jazz was renamed to Decca Records Group) and finally as the president of Decca Records Group.