By Ewan Wilkie
Universal Music Group has appointed James Murtagh-Hopkins as senior director, communications, effective September 19.
Murtagh-Hopkins will be based in UMG’s London offices and report to Caryn Tomlinson, senior vice president of communications. He will serve as a member of the global team led by Will Tanous, executive vice president, communications and member of the executive management board.
Murtagh-Hopkins will work with UMG’s management team, labels and operating companies around the world to assist with communicating the company’s global business strategy.
“James brings a deep and varied experience in artist PR and marketing, as well as strategic communications and public affairs. His background is well-suited to the evolving role of communications professionals within our company, and he will be a valuable addition to our team,” said Tanous.
“James is an established communications executive, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. I am delighted that he will be bringing his insightful perspective to the team at such a compelling and innovative time for UMG,” added Tomlinson.
“The opportunity to join the world’s leading music company is a huge privilege. Not only is UMG one of the most revered and trusted brands in global entertainment, but it is also at the forefront of redefining the commercial opportunities available to its incredible roster of artists and businesses,” Murtagh-Hopkins said. “I look forward to being a part of such a respected and influential communications team, as they continue to help drive the future growth and international success of UMG.”
Murtagh-Hopkins was previously director of communications at UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the interests of the UK’s commercial music industry.
At UK Music, he was responsible for internal and external communications strategy, industry campaigns and economic sector reporting. He worked with industry and Government to promote the interests and global success of British music, while helping highlight areas of public policy in need of legislative change and support.
Prior to UK Music, Murtagh-Hopkins held senior roles at Sony Music, EMI Records, Vector Management and Pulse Films. During his career he has worked with artists such as Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, LCD Soundsystem, Robbie Williams, AC/DC, Mark Ronson, Spike Jonze and Jack White.