Dipesh Parmar named President of Columbia Records UK, with Amy Wheatley appointed Managing Director
Sony Music UK today announced the promotion of highly respected executive Dipesh Parmar to President of Columbia Records UK, effective immediately. He will continue to report directly to Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UK & Ireland.
Dipesh joined Sony Music in 2016 when Sony acquired Ministry of Sound Records and takes up his new position following two years as President at the label. He will be responsible for leading the overall management of Columbia Records UK, the label home to some of the most accomplished and legendary artists in music history.
“To be appointed President of one of the world’s most iconic labels is truly humbling, an absolute honour and one of the proudest moments of my career,” said Dipesh. “I would like to thank Jason Iley and Rob Stringer for this opportunity and for their support. 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.”
Ministry of Sound Records will now operate under the Columbia Records umbrella.
Amy has been appointed Managing Director of Columbia Records UK, returning to the label where she previously worked as Marketing Manager, leading on projects for Calvin Harris, MK and Tyler the Creator, among others. Amy joined Ministry of Sound Records in 2017 as General Manager, was promoted to Managing Director in 2021 and has quickly established herself as one of the industry’s leading executives. She will continue to report to Dipesh.
“What an incredible opportunity to contribute to one of the greatest labels in world,” said Amy. “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.”
Dipesh and Amy have been responsible for Ministry of Sound’s exponential growth and increased market share across every measure year-on-year. They have developed the roster and under their stewardship the label has achieved a string of global multi-platinum hits with artists including Riton, Oliver Heldens, Paul Woolford, Ewan McVicar and Majestic. They have successfully spearheaded global campaigns for domestic artists including Regard, London Grammar and Sigala and have simultaneously achieved success with international artists including Doja Cat, Tate McRae and Lil Durk.
“Dipesh and Amy are two of the most talented, respected, and well-liked executives in the business,” said Jason Iley. “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. I am inspired by what they have achieved at Ministry of Sound, and I am confident that they will drive Columbia into the future.”