Metropolis, the London-based recording and music facility that encompasses studios, mastering, production, events, labels and publishing, has announced the appointment of former Universal Music Group International (UMGI) chairman and CEO, Max Hole CBE, as the group’s new non-executive chairman.
Hole has joined the Metropolis board – assisting the company on wider strategic issues across music and entertainment alliances – with immediate effect.
In a career spanning artist management and record producing, Hole joined Warner Music in 1982 as A&R manager before progressing to MD of WEA Records. In 1990 he became founding managing director of East West Records and made the move to Universal Music in 1998. He is also on the board of the BRIT Trust.
At UMGI, Hole was responsible for the operations of Universal Music’s territories and regions worldwide, excluding the US. Having joined UMGI initially as SVP marketing and A&R, he advanced to EVP in 2004, and in 2010 was appointed COO, assuming the role of chairman and CEO shortly after.
He has been closely involved with the careers of hugely successful artists from all over the world, including Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Sting, Queen, Taylor Swift and The Eagles.
Ian Brenchley, Metropolis Studio CEO, said: “I am absolutely thrilled Max is joining the board here at Metropolis. We are at an exciting juncture for the company as our portfolio of businesses across production, management, publishing and labels have diversified cementing our ethos of Metropolis as a truly progressive and 360 music company. To have Max share our vision and enthusiasm is a real privilege."
“I'm very fortunate to have spent my life involved in many different aspects of the music business and having travelled extensively around the World. I love my new opportunity of helping the wonderful business built by CEO Ian and his team at Metropolis," Hole commented. "It's a remarkable model that I find really exciting that is the basis of us building all aspects of managing, recording, publishing and breaking artists in the future."
Picture (from left): Max Hole and Ian Brenchley. Photo credit: Metropolis