CBE for Hampstead music mogul

David Joseph

David Joseph - Credit: Archant

Hampstead music executive David Joseph has been awarded a CBE for services to the music industry in the New Year’s Honours List.

Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Mr Joseph, 47, is a former pupil of the Jewish Free School (JFS) and lives in Hampstead.

He started his career at RCA where he was head of artist development, working with artists including Take That, Kylie Minogue and Annie Lennox.

Mr Joseph then joined Universal Music UK 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 since when he has overseen the labels Island, Polydor, Capitol, Decca and Virgin EMI, as well as the world’s most famous recording studios Abbey Road.

In 2005, Mr Joseph became a member of the British Phonographic Industry Council (BPI) and is chairman of the Brits Committee, which oversees the Brit Awards where he has overhauled the awards ceremony, moving it to the O2 arena.

In 2013 Joseph worked with Doreen Lawrence to gather music industry support for Unity, the O2 concert marking the 20th anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder.

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In September 2013 he was appointed as a member of the council of Arts Council England.

This year Joseph became the executive producer of Amy, the documentary film about the late singer Amy Winehouse, directed by Asif Kapadia.

Mr Joseph lives in Hampstead with his TV producer wife Ruth and their children.