David Joseph joined Universal Music in 1998 as general manager of the company's Polydor label before moving in 2002 to become managing director and later co-President of Polydor. In March 2008, he was promoted to Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK.
Universal Music UK includes the labels Capitol, Decca Island and Virgin EMI as well as Polydor, alongside the world’s most famous recording studios, Abbey Road.
Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, U2, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Elbow, Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Rey and 2014’s biggest breakthrough artist, Sam Smith. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Eminem as well as repertoire from Decca, the number one classical label in the world.
Prior to joining Universal Music in 1998, Joseph was at RCA where he was head of artist development working with artists including Take That, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox. In 2005 Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for three years was Chairman of the BRITs Committee, which oversees the BRIT Awards. He worked with Doreen Lawrence on Unity, the O2 concert in September 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and is executive producer of Amy, the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse directed by Asif Kapadia
Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017