Sony Music’s Charlotte de Burgh-Holder appointed as Chair of Official Charts Company

Charlotte de Burgh-Holder has been elected as chair of the Official Charts Company, the organisation which compiles the UK’s benchmark music and video sales data and charts.

De Burgh-Holder – Director of Commercial Analytics at Sony Music – takes over the non-executive position this month, and in doing so, becomes both the youngest, and first ever female chair in Official Charts history. 

The appointment is announced as the company gear up to celebrate 70 years of the Official Singles Chart in Q4, while pushing forward at pace with their wider strategy to engage youth audiences with the Official Charts brand.

De Burgh-Holder takes on the role as a representative of the BPI, the association which represents the UK’s recorded music industry and which owns the Official Charts Company with its joint venture partner, the Entertainment Retailer’s Association and succeeds Amazon Music’s Paul Firth, who has held the position for the past two-and-a-half years. 

In the role, Charlotte’s responsibilities involve working closely with Official Charts chief executive Martin Talbot to develop and steer strategy, and chairing the Official Charts board, which is made up from representatives from the ERA and BPI membership. 

“I’m excited to step into this position and very much looking forward to working with Martin, his fantastic team, and the Official Charts board as we celebrate 70 years of the Official Singles Chart,” said De Burgh-Holder. “Many thanks to Paul for his brilliant work over the past few years, and for taking the time to share his wisdom. We’re incredibly privileged in the UK to have access to the gold standard of charts that’s evolved with the market over the years. I’m looking forward to working with Official Charts as they continue to grow.”

“I’m delighted that Charlotte is joining as our new chair and am looking forward immensely to working with her to drive the business forward,” said Talbot. “Charlotte is one of the smartest executives in the business with a laser focus on the important issues and an uncanny eye for detail. Even from our initial conversations, it has become clear to me that she will a huge asset in helping push the organisation forward, in, this, the Official Singles Chart’s 70th anniversary year, and beyond.

“I’d also like to thank Paul for his fantastic contribution as chairman over the past two years, playing a key part in supporting the business during a period of continuing change in the entertainment industry and the success in taking over compilation of the French Music Charts last year. I am delighted he will remain on the board, working with Charlotte, myself, the other directors, and the Official Charts team.”

Charlotte joined Sony Music in 2016 and was promoted to Director of Commercial Analytics in 2021. She has played a pivotal role working with the company’s digital partnership teams and iconic labels to decipher the wealth of data delivered by partners, translating insights into actionable recommendations to support and elevate Sony Music’s iconic roster of artists.  

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