David Joseph joined Universal Music in August 1998 as general manager of the company's Polydor label before moving up in February 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.
Alongside Polydor, Universal Music UK’s labels include Capitol, Decca, Island and Virgin EMI. The company is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, Take That, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Elbow and Emeli Sandé. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Eminem.
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 the past three years was Chairman of the BRITs Committee, which oversees the BRIT Awards. He is currently working with Doreen Lawrence on Unity, the O2 concert in September 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder. He holds no other public appointments.
Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017