Universal Music UK has appointed Natasha Mann in the newly created role of Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
After 12 years with Island Records, Mann will work closely with the executive team at Universal Music UK to “expand, shape and communicate the company’s diversity and inclusion mission and policies,” according to a press release.
Mann’s broad mandate includes steering and promoting Universal Music UK’s diversity work across a wide range of internal communities, as well as leading the next phase of the company’s ongoing work in neurodiversity and its program to increase the number of women in A&R Functions.
She will also play a key role in supporting the work of the UK arm of Universal Music’s Task Force For Meaningful Change, which is set up to bring about change in the ongoing struggle for equality, justice and inclusion.
Externally, Mann will be responsible for maintaining the company’s existing relationships with a variety of diversity partners and for building new community connections with a particular focus outside of London.
Mann spent 12 years at Universal Music UK, most recently as MD of Island Records UK, a role she has held since 2018.
Since joining Toast Press in 2009, she has led numerous campaigns for the label. Her PR clients included Florence + The Machine, La Roux, Jamie Woon, and Kano.
“Natasha is an exceptionally talented leader whose knowledge and passion about the fundamental importance of diversity and inclusion always shines through, both at work and around the world.”
David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, said, “Natasha is an exceptionally talented leader whose knowledge and passion about the fundamental importance of diversity and inclusion always shines through, both at work and around the world.
“She has a deep understanding of the music business and an urge to make a real difference.”
“I can’t wait to work with the team to bring about the much-needed practical, meaningful, and lasting change.”
Natasha Mann added, “I am very excited and honored to take on this very important role. I can’t wait to work with the team to make much-needed practical, meaningful, and lasting change.
“Diversity and inclusion should be at the core of all companies and I will do everything I can to ensure that all Universal Music employees and the great artists we serve are proud of the work we do.”Music business worldwide