Syco appoints Michelle Marks as Marketing Director

Syco Music, the label jointly owned by Simon Cowell and Sony Music and operating within the latter’s UK business, has appointed of Michelle Marks as Marketing Director.

Marks reports directly to Sonny Takhar, President of Syco Music.

The exec joins Syco from Red Bee, an entertainment and content marketing agency, where she was Deputy Managing Director, responsible for leading design, digital and multiplatform campaigns across the BBC, as well as brands such as Fox and Disney.

She brings more than 20 years of advertising industry experience to Syco Music. She has worked for some of the world’s most successful agencies like Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Whybin TBWA Sydney and Mother, with iconic brands including Apple, Orange Mobile and Levi’s.

Marks said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Syco Music at such an exciting, transitional time in the music industry. I’m looking forward to building on their superb track record for transforming artists into global brands.”

Sonny Takhar said: “I am delighted Michelle is joining Syco Music at such an exciting and pivotal time for the business. She has proven herself as a marketing leader driving strategy, innovation and rigour within the entertainment and brand space.”

Syco is home to artists including One Direction, Little Mix, Labrinth, Ella Henderson, Fifth Harmony, Susan Boyle, Collabro and Il Divo.

Within Sony, it tends to get the pick of the litter from Cowell’s reality shows such as X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

In 2014, Syco Music was named the UK’s No. 1 Label for A&R by Music Week.

The label has – to date – sold more than 200 million records and secured more than 200 worldwide No. 1 albums and more than 150 worldwide No. 1 singles.Music Business Worldwide

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