LOS ANGELES AND LONDON, 28 AUGUST 2013 — Malcolm Swatton, Global Head of Human Resources for Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has today announced  a series of changes to strengthen his senior team.

The new senior executives are:


–          Derren Young: Global Head of Learning & Organisational Development

–          Cheryl Elbishlawi: Senior Vice President Human Resources, International

–          Tom Godfrey: Vice President of Human Resource Information Systems


Young and Elbishlawi are based in London while Godfrey will be based in Los Angeles. All three executives report to Swatton.

Young joined Universal Music Group International in London in 2006 as Director of Compensation and Benefits after a number of senior HR roles in companies including Bloomberg Television, Infineum, BOC and Eagle Star and gaining an MBA from Nottingham University. He was promoted to Human Resources Director, International in 2009. In his new role he will work closely with Universal Music’s senior management around the world to create and launch key talent development and global succession programmes.

Elbishlawi joined Universal Music following the acquisition last year of EMI Recorded Music where she was Senior Vice President Global Human Resources. Elbishlawi has over 20 years’ experience as a senior HR executive and consultant with a variety of major and global blue chip companies and clients including Discovery Communications, Cable & Wireless, Hutchinson 3G, Canon, Barclays and BP. She joined EMI in 2011 to lead the HR team for the Europe/Rest of World regions before taking on her global role in 2012. Elbishlawi will now oversee all HR activities for Universal Music Group International as well as Universal Music Publishing Group and Bravado outside of the US.

Godfrey will now take on responsibility for the development and management of Universal Music’s human resources systems and databases. He joined Universal Music’s UK HR department in 2005 and in 2007 joined the team implementing a new Human Resource Information System for the UK business which was tasked with combining existing processes and data to give the business a seamless and fully integrated HR and talent management capability. He took on full responsibility for the system the following year to oversee its implementation and management in the UK. More recently he has been working on the plan for the international roll out of the global HR system and in this new role will head a team of developers and analysts to manage its global implementation in conjunction will all key stakeholders.

Malcolm Swatton said: “I’m delighted that Derren, Cheryl and Tom are taking on these key roles. Our ability to attract the best people and help them to develop is critical to the future success and growth of our business. With these changes we are ensuring that our human resources function has the right people in the right roles so we can be even more effective in doing that.”


Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest, Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising company.

Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.