Max Hole named Non-Exec Chairman of Metropolis

Former Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), Max Hole CBE, has been appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Metropolis.

UK-based recording and music facility Metropolis dubs itself the ‘modern day Motown’ and encompasses studios, mastering, productions and events – as well as record label and publishing operations.

Hole, who left UMG last year, joins the board with immediate effect to assist Metropolis on wider strategic issues, across music and entertainment alliances.

At Universal, Hole was responsible for managing the operations of UMG’s territories and regions worldwide ex-US.

The widely-respected exec joined UMGI in 1998 as SVP Marketing and A&R, in 2004 he advanced to EVP. In 2010 he was appointed COO, and assumed the role of Chairman and CEO shortly after.

Hole has been closely involved with the careers of artists including Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Richie, Sting, Queen, Taylor Swift and The Eagles.

Max Hole

“Metropolis is a remarkable model that I find really exciting… the basis of us building all aspects of managing, recording, publishing and breaking artists in the future”.

Max Hole

Metropolis Studios CEO Ian Brenchley commented, “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”.

Max Hole commented, “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.

“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”.

In a career that has involved artist management and record producing, Hole joined Warner Music in 1982 as A&R Manager progressing to MD of WEA Records and in 1990 founding Managing Director of East West Records before joining Universal Music in 1998. He is also on the board of the BRIT Trust.

Metropolis is based in a former power station in Chiswick, West London.

Approximately 50% of the UK Top 40 charts is either recorded, mixed, mastered, or creatively treated within its Grade II ‘Power House’ complex.

[Pictured: Max Hole (left), Ian Brenchley (right)]Music Business Worldwide

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