Former Mercury Records boss Jason Iley has been named Chairman and CEO of, Sony Music UK & Ireland, replacing Nick Gatfield.
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 Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, as well as Sony Music International Chairman/CEO Edgar Berger. He will work with recently-promoted Sony Music COO Nicola Tuer.
"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: "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.,
In total, Iley enjoyed a 15-year career at Universal Music, where he also worked across Polydor and Island.
At Island, Iley played a key role in launching the careers of Amy Winehouse and Keane and managed the global launch of each of U2’s multi-platinum albums of the noughties.
In 2005 the exec became president of Mercury Records, where he worked with international stars including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Jay Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Metallica.
Iley famously persuaded U2 to sign with Mercury in 2006 after the band spent 27 years on Island. He also played a key role in breaking Rihanna having worked with her from the beginning of her career.
In addition, Iley was proved instrumental in the success of UK acts at Mercury such as Chase & Status, Pixie Lott, Jake Bugg, Amy MacDonald, Busted, McFly, Noah & The Whale and Maverick Sabre, whilst he personally signed critically-acclaimed Canadian band Arcade Fire for their second and third studio albums.
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.