Cathy Cremer, head of artist relations at EMI Records, has been
promoted to the newly-created position of director of communications for
the biggest UK-owned record group.
The appointment marks the latest stage in the rapid rise of Cremer, 34,
who joined EMI as a temp in 1992 after a spell in the fashion
She was made head of artist relations for all EMI Records’ labels -
including Parlophone, EMI UK and Chrysalis - in 1995 and was promoted to
director of artist relations in April 1996. In this role she has been
responsible for areas such as showcases for new acts and hospitality
From July next year, she will take on the additional corporate role
currently covered by EMI Records’ retiring corporate affairs director
Hughes, described as ’a first port of call’ by one music industry
reporter for business-related stories, has committed to a three-year
consultancy deal which will see him continue to work for EMI beyond his
A key part of Cremer’s job is handling activity around EMI’s centenary
celebrations this year. Both Cremer and Hughes, insisted that the press
teams and record pluggers attached to EMI’s individual labels - a total
of around 30 staff - will continue to act autonomously in the ’image’
promotion of their artists.
Hughes currently heads a skeletal corporate affairs team, with much of
the company’s lobbying function handled through the industry-wide body,
Corporate and investor relations for the wider EMI record and retailing
group, demerged from the Thorn EMI conglomerate last year, continue to
be handled by Sharon Christians.