Max Hole is back in the music business with a new role at studio/music group Metropolis as non-executive chairman.
Formerly chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group International (UMGI) before stepping down in October 2015 due to health issues, Hole won Music Week’s prestigious Strat Award at the 2016 Music Week Awards. He will join the Metropolis board assisting on wider strategic issues, across music and entertainment alliances.
At UMGI, Hole was responsible for Universal Music’s operations outside the US and worked closely with many international superstars, including Taylor Swift, Queen, Bon Jovi and Enrique Iglesias. He joined UMGI in 1998 as SVP marketing and A&R, in 2004 he advanced to EVP. In 2010 he was appointed COO, and assumed the role of chairman and CEO shortly after. Prior to Universal, he worked as an artist manager and enjoyed a long career at Warner Music.
Metropolis’ famous studio in West London features state of the art recording and mastering facilities, and the group now also has interests in events, labels and publishing, while executive chairman Kainne Clements also runs the Academy Of Contemporary Music.
Metropolis Studios CEO Ian Brenchley commented: “I am absolutely thrilled Max is joining the board here at Metropolis. We are at an exciting juncture for the company as our portfolio of businesses across production, management, publishing and labels have diversified, cementing our ethos of Metropolis as a truly progressive and 360 music company. To have Max share our vision and enthusiasm is a real privilege.”
Max Hole said: “I'm very fortunate to have spent my life involved in many different aspects of the music business and having travelled extensively around the world. I love my new opportunity of helping the wonderful business built by CEO Ian and his team at Metropolis. It's a remarkable model that I find really exciting, that is the basis of us building all aspects of managing, recording, publishing and breaking artists in the future.”
Pictured: Max Hole (left) and Ian Brenchley (right). Photo: Metropolis.