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Dipesh Parmar and Amy Wheatley promoted to Columbia leadership roles

By | Published on Wednesday 7 December 2022

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Sony Music UK has made two new appointments at its Columbia Records division. Dipesh Parmar becomes President, while Amy Wheatley is now Managing Director.

Parmar came to Sony Music in 2016 via its acquisition of the Ministry Of Sound record label. Wheatley was previously Marketing Manager at Columbia, before moving over to the Ministry Of Sound label in 2017 as General Manager, and then becoming its Managing Director in 2021.

“Dipesh and Amy are two of the most talented, respected, and well-liked executives in the business”, says Sony Music UK & Ireland CEO Jason Illey. “Dipesh is a true A&R man who immerses himself in music and continually drives artists to achieve success. Amy is passionate and ambitious and has played an integral role in the evolution of Ministry Of Sound”.

“They both think differently and are committed to cultivating a vibrant and talented team of executives and an incredible roster of artists”, he goes on. “I am inspired by what they have achieved at Ministry Of Sound, and I am confident that they will drive Columbia into the future”.

Parmar adds: “To be appointed President of one of the world’s most iconic labels is truly humbling, an absolute honour and one the proudest moments of my career”.

“I would like to thank Jason Iley and [overall Sony Music CEO] Rob Stringer for this opportunity and for their support”, he goes on. ”I would also like to congratulate Amy, with whom I’m hugely excited to build on the label’s culture and success. I’m very much looking forward to working with the greatly experienced and talented teams and to continue the legacy of Columbia Records”.

Meanwhile, Wheatley comments: “What an incredible opportunity to contribute to one of the greatest labels in world. I am excited to get started and collaborate with the legendary artists, amazing managers and the brilliant team who power Columbia Records. Leading this iconic label alongside Dipesh is monumental, and I want to thank Jason and Rob for putting their trust in us”.

The new appointments at Sony follow the recent departure of previous Columbia President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton. They also mean that the Ministry Of Sound label will now sit under Columbia.