Virgin EMI president Ted Cockle has departed the label, which he helped build into one of Universal Music UK’s largest over the past seven years, with successes like Scottish superstar Lewis Capaldi.
The news, which Music Business Worldwide first reported and Billboard can confirm, caps Cockle’s 15-year run with Universal Music Group. He joined Island Records UK in 2005, and within three years, rose from head of marketing to co-president alongside Darcus Beese. He has run Virgin EMI since the label’s launch in 2013 as an amalgamation of Universal Music subsidiary Mercury Records and Virgin Records.
Virgin EMI’s roster of British artists includes Capaldi, Bastille and Emeli Sandé, while it also serves as the UK label home for superstars like Justin Bieber, Migos, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift. News regarding Cockle’s successor is expected soon.