David Joseph is Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK and Ireland, overseeing all divisions of the company in those countries including the labels Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI alongside the world’s most famous recording studios, Abbey Road. Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including The Rolling Stones, U2, Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Lana Del Rey, Hozier and the biggest breakthrough artist of the past two years, Sam Smith. Joseph 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.
Prior to joining Universal Music in 1998, Joseph was Head of Artist Development at RCA, working with artists including Take That and Annie Lennox. In 2005 Joseph became a member of the BPI Council and for three years was Chairman of the Brits Committee, which oversees the Brit Awards. In August 2013 he was appointed a member of the council of Arts Council England. Joseph is executive producer of Amy, the 2015 documentary about Amy Winehouse directed by Asif Kapadia.