Rebecca Allen, whose charity marathon run we promoted on Slipped Disc, has been named managing director of Decca Records, promoted this morning from general manager. She moves into the seat vacated by Dickon Stainer.
Becky, when she’s not running, wears killer heels. More than one self-designated ‘opera singer’ has felt their kick at the negotiating table.
London, November 27th 2014: Universal Music UK chairman and ceo David Joseph has appointed Rebecca Allen as Managing Director of the UK’s most successful classical label, Decca Records.
Allen has stepped up to her new role after 15 years at Universal Music, in which time she has held posts as Decca’s Director of Media and, most recently, General Manager.
Allen now reports jointly to David Joseph and Dickon Stainer who is continuing as President of Decca Records Group in the UK alongside his recent promotion to President and CEO of Global Classics for Universal Music.
David Joseph says: “Becky’s extraordinary dynamism and creativity has played a big part in Decca’s success. As MD I know she will ensure Decca continues as the undisputed leader in its many musical fields.”
Dickon Stainer says: “Becky is an exceptionally skilled and versatile executive. Her outstanding drive and personality have taken Decca into new areas of repertoire globally, and this well-deserved promotion heralds a new and ground-breaking era for the label.”
Rebecca Allen says: “To be given the role of Managing Director for a label of such historical importance as Decca is a huge privilege for me. We have a young and brilliantly talented team at the label and with their energy and ambition for our artists I feel confident about leading the company forward.”
After studying at the Trinity College of Music in London, Allen started her career at the BBC where she worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and later the BBC Proms. She joined Universal Classics & Jazz in 1999 and remained with the label after it was re-named Decca Records UK in 2009, working closely with artists including The Lumineers, Rod Stewart, Jamie Cullum, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Andrea Bocelli, Gregory Porter and Alfie Boe. Allen was promoted to General Manager of the label in 2012.
Under its banner as “the home of diverse music”, Decca Records has been the number one classical record label in the UK for well over a decade, operating alongside its international sister label Decca Classics which is run by Managing Director Paul Moseley.