Parlophone Chairman Miles Leonard Confirms He's Stepping Down; Mark Mitchell Named Label CoPresident
publish date: 2017-10-19
Parlophone Records chairman Miles Leonard has announced that he is to step down from running the label at the start of next year.
News of Leonard's departure first surfaced two weeks ago, but has only now been confirmed by Warner UK, which acquired the historic British label from EMI in 2013.
Leonard first joined Parlophone's A&R team in 1995 and was appointed Chairman in 2013. During his 23 years with the label, he has played a key role in nurturing the careers countless UK stars, including Coldplay, Gorillaz, Tinie Tempah, Royal Blood, Blur, Kylie, Paul Weller and Lily Allen.
"Working at Parlophone has been the adventure of a lifetime," said Leonard, who will continue to work for the label in an advisory A&R role until late next year and maintain an ongoing relationship with Warner Music thereafter, working on key artists and projects.
"It's been a privilege to be the custodian of a label that occupies such a unique place in popular culture and to have worked with so many unique and inspiring artists, managers and teams," stated Leonard.
He went on to call his decision to step down from running the label a "difficult" one, but said "now really is the right time for me to give up my day-to-day responsibilities so I can focus solely on the music and artists I love."