Mute has appointed Shirin Foroutan as global managing director of the Mute group and Dick O’Dell as head of Artist Management.
"Shirin and Dick join Mute at a very important time in our development," said Mute founder Daniel Miller (pictured centre). "After parting ways with EMI in 2010 and re-establishing our own independent record label, we have positioned ourselves for growth. We have strengthened the group's leadership and are committing to expanding the services and support we are able to offer the artists, writers and producers represented across our label, publishing and management divisions.
"This is a very exciting time for us. With Goldfrapp and Erasure releases planned for 2013, plus remarkable talents such as Beth Jeans Houghton, Big Deal and Polly Scattergood continuing to develop, we are very well placed to take our next steps."
Prior to joining Mute, Foroutan (pictured right) served as senior legal advisor to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Ceremonies; director, Legal Affairs (Ceremonies) of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and director, Legal Affairs of Live Nation Global Touring.
As managing director of Mute Artists Limited (record label), Mute Song Limited (publishing) and Mute Management (artist management division), with responsibility for the offices in London, New York and Berlin, Foroutan will work closely with Miller and the senior team – Andrew King (Mute Song), Dick O’Dell (Mute Management), Mark Fotiadis (Mute USA) and Anne Haffmans (Mute Germany) - in overseeing each company’s day-to-day operations, development and the implementation of their long-term strategic initiatives.
O’Dell (pictured left) began his career in the music industry with the establishment of Y Records, successes of which included The Pop Group, The Slits, Shriekback and Pigbag. He then moved into management working with artists such as Gang of Four, William Orbit (with whom he founded Guerilla Records), Leftfield, Beth Orton and Ed Harcourt as well as Bat for Lashes and most recently, Beth Jeans Houghton.