Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Rob Owen to its UK team as VP, creative, catalogue and marketing.
Owen, who will begin his new role on July 31, has more than 17 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry. He began his career in 1999, working in a series of marketing and product roles for EMI Catalogue. He later joined Parlophone Records in 2003 as a senior product manager and became marketing director in 2008.
Owen was appointed VP of marketing in 2010, where he managed the label’s marketing team. During this time he won Music Week’s Marketing Campaign Of The Year several times for his work with Coldplay, Gorillaz, Lily Allen and Tinie Tempah. He left Parlophone in 2015 to set up his own management and marketing consultancy.
"It’s great to welcome Rob to our team," said Warner/Chappell MD Mike Smith, to whom Owen will report. "He’s a talented, collaborative and dedicated music person. I’ve often said that Warner/Chappell is the thread that connects great songwriters from Noël Coward to Skepta. I’m as passionate about creating new opportunities for our song catalogue as I am about supporting our developing songwriters and I know that Rob will make a real impact in his new role."
In his new position, Owen will work to champion Warner/Chappell’s catalogue of songwriting, ranging from Rod Temperton to Led Zeppelin.
"I’m delighted and excited to take up this amazing opportunity to champion the unrivalled catalogue at Warner/ Chappell," said Owen. "I’m very much looking forward to working with Mike Smith and the team in the UK and around the world.
"I’ve had the honour to work on numerous innovative, global marketing campaigns with incredible artists and their managers over the years and I can’t wait to bring that experience to bear on behalf of Warner/ Chappell’s incredible songwriters. My door will very much be open for business."
By Sophie Nevrkla