'They are two exceptionally talented executives': Damaris Rex-Taylor and Phil Youngman join RCA

'They are two exceptionally talented executives': Damaris Rex-Taylor and Phil Youngman join RCA

RCA president David Dollimore has announced two key appointments at the label. 

As exclusively revealed in the latest issue of Music Week, Damaris Rex-Taylor has joined as director of marketing and Phil Youngman as director of promotions. The appointments are effectively immediately.

The recruitment of Rex-Taylor and Youngman follows a raft of appointments and promotions at the label.

Rex-Taylor joins RCA from Disturbing London where she was general manager, working alongside co-founders Dumi Oburota and Tinie Tempah. She was integral in the recent joint venture with Warner Music and Parlophone. Prior to this, she was senior marketing manager at Parlophone Records, working across a roster including Pet Shop Boys, LCD Soundsystem, Chemical Brothers and Snoop Dogg.

Rex-Taylor said: “I am delighted to be joining the talented RCA team at such an exciting time for the label. I see my new role as a true amalgamation of the experience that I have garnered through music marketing, management, art, and culture over the last 10 years, and will be contributing to the evolving new face of RCA.

“Stacey and David are visionaries in the current music landscape and being able to shape an inspired marketing department and the label at large to be as successful and progressive as possible is a prospect that I very much look forward to. RCA has an incredible stable of global artists and I hope to be part of developing a new creative language to spearhead the next generation of music leaders from artists to exec talent. I can't wait to get started!”

I hope to be part of developing a new creative language to spearhead the next generation of music leaders

Damaris Rex-Taylor

Youngman joins RCA from Atlantic Records, where he was head of radio promotions for the last 12 years. He played a key role in successful campaigns for Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Jess Glynne, Anne-Marie, Plan B, Paolo Nutini, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and James Blunt.

Youngman had a winning plugging partnership with Damian Christian, director of promotions, Atlantic & SVP of promotional strategy, Warner Music UK. Atlantic was a consistent victor in the promotions category of the Music Week Awards until losing out to Warner Bros last year.

Youngman is returning to Sony Music, which he originally joined in 1999 as international product manager. He later started in the promotions team as a radio plugger. In 2006, he became senior radio promotions executive at Columbia and worked with Calvin Harris, Mark Ronson, Kings Of Leon and Foo Fighters. In 2007 he joined Warner Atlantic’s promotions team as head of radio.

Youngman said: “It’s been an incredible past 12 years - I’m hugely grateful to Damian, Ben [Cook], Max [Lousada] and everybody at Atlantic/Warner for being a part of so much fun and the amazing achievements – and for what that involvement has given me.  The time feels right now for a fresh challenge, and going to Sony feels like going back home to the major that gave me my first break. With a stellar new line up of David and Stacey steering the company – and a dynamic team of execs – RCA presents a really exciting opportunity to play a role in helping to build what is sure be a super successful period in this iconic label’s history.”

Both Rex-Taylor and Youngman will report to RCA MD Stacey Tang, who moved over from Columbia last autumn

Tang said: “I am thrilled Damaris is joining RCA. We will be a more dynamic label with her intellect and skillset driving the marketing team forward and delivering our artists’ stories. Phil is widely recognised as one of the most dynamic executives in the business having consistently propelled artists to massive successes throughout his career. I am absolutely delighted that he is bringing his wealth of experience and incomparable energy to RCA. His collaborative team spirit and strategic approach will enhance our promotions teams and reinforce RCA’s stature as a progressive label.”

Dollimore added: “I’m thrilled to welcome Damaris and Phil to RCA. They are two exceptionally talented executives and huge personalities, who have both delivered major success in their respective disciplines for domestic and international artists. I’m very excited about what we will be able to achieve together.”

To read the exclusive interviews pick up the latest issue of Music Week – or subscribers can click here. To subscribe and never miss a big industry story click here.

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