Ministry of Sound Group appoints new chief executive

Ministry of Sound Group appoints new chief executive

Ministry of Sound Group has appointed Jonathan Bevan as its new chief executive.

Former CEO Lohan Presencer will now step up to the role of chairman, taking over from Lord James Palumbo of Southwark, the original founder and majority shareholder.

Bevan, who previously served at Clear Channel as president of Europe and Australia/NZ, will be taking up the CEO position from today (September 5).

 “As Ministry of Sound approaches its 25th anniversary later this month I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities for the business," Bevan said. "There are several new ventures in late stages of development which we will be announcing shortly.”

Presencer added: “2016 is an exciting year for our business and Jonathan brings an international focus to our ambitious growth plans. I look forward to working closely with him across our current and future businesses.”

Last month, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Ministry of Sound Recordings. As a result, Sony Music UK has acquired the label outright, including its artists, back catalogue and compilations business. The new relationship brings together one of the most successful UK independent labels with Sony Music, which has successfully introduced domestic acts including Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith, George Ezra and Calvin Harris across the world.

Ministry of Sound Recordings was launched in 1993 as an extension of the pioneering South London nightclub founded by James Palumbo, now Lord Palumbo of Southwark. It is among the world’s largest dance music recording businesses, with cumulative album sales in excess of 70 million, including 40 UK No.1 albums and 21 UK No.1 singles.

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