Joining from her own HR consultancy, Cowland had previously worked across several EMI divisions between 2002 and 2012.
She will be based in the company's London office and will report to Elicia Felix-Hughey, SVP of global human resources, who welcomed Cowland's appointment.
“Clare’s leadership skills, past experience and forward-thinking approach are all critical, as we build out global initiatives that attract, retain, and grow exceptional talent,” said Felix-Hughey.
Cowland has been given responsibility for strategic HR initiatives that "drive cultural excellence throughout the company’s international territories" with Sony/ATV president, international Guy Henderson explaining that her appointment would lead to innovations with the organisation.
“We welcome Clare, with all her knowledge and experience, to the diverse world of the international markets and our amazing people," he explained. "We look forward to working with her and her team as we all start this exciting new chapter.”
New Sony/ATV UK president & co-managing director David Ventura, recently appointed alongside co-managing director Tim Major to run the UK business, also added his welcome to Cowland.
“I am very happy for Clare to join our company and am lucky to welcome her at such an exciting time," he declared. "She brings extraordinary and natural skills to the HR team. As a leader, she is both empathetic and solutions-oriented and will be a great asset for all of us.”
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