Cremer carries on rising at EMI

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.

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

business.



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

around tours.



From July next year, she will take on the additional corporate role

currently covered by EMI Records’ retiring corporate affairs director

David Hughes.



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

official retirement.



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,

the BPI.



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.



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