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Jeff Jones is the chief executive of Apple Corps, the company founded by The Beatles. He replaced long-time incumbent Neil Aspinall in April 2007. Jones was formerly a vice president at Sony/BMG,[1][2] where he specialised in repackaging classic albums.[3] Jones, an American, will move to London, and said his new job was "a dream come true".[3]

During his tenure as Executive Vice President of Sony BMG Catalog, Mr. Jones was responsible for archive development for U.S. catalog titles, excluding classical repertoire, as well as international catalog. He supervised the company's reissue divisions, including Legacy Recordings and BMG Heritage, and worked with the heads of Sony BMG's various labels and label groups to identify and develop archival projects. He also oversaw and managed the Columbia Jazz A&R and Marketing departments.

Mr. Jones began his career at Sony in 1976 when it was CBS Records. In 1988 Mr. Jones left Columbia to join MCA as Vice President, Marketing. He moved to the PolyGram Label Group in 1991 as Vice President, Marketing where he was in charge of campaigns for a variety of artists such as U2 and Van Morrison on the Island, London and Polydor labels. In 1993 Mr. Jones moved to Elektra Entertainment as Vice President, Marketing. Mr. Jones returned to Sony Music in 1995 as Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, Legacy Recordings. Mr. Jones was promoted to Senior Vice President, Legacy Recordings in 1998. He gained the additional title and responsibility as Senior Vice President Jazz, Columbia Records in 2000.

While with Legacy, Mr. Jones spearheaded such projects as the critically acclaimed Miles Davis re-issues series, which earned multiple Grammy awards, and the Ken Burns JAZZ project, a sweeping overview of jazz, as well as highly successful catalog campaigns for artists such as Johnny Cash, AC/DC, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan. Quote from Mr. Jones regarding his new post: "The opportunity to head up Apple Corps Ltd is a dream come true! I have been a huge Beatles fan from the moment they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. The music The Beatles created remains as vital and relevant as the day it was recorded," Mr. Jones continued, "The multiple opportunities to reach music lovers, both new and old, with The Beatles spectacular body of work makes this position incredibly challenging and exciting."

Notes

  1. ^ Kozinn, Allan, "Magical Mystery Tour Ends for Apple Corps Executive", New York Times, 12 April 2007, passim. (link)
  2. ^ "Beatles' friend quits top job at Apple Corps". New Musical Express. 10 April 2007. http://www.nme.com/news/the-beatles/27612. Retrieved 2007-04-10.  
  3. ^ a b "'Fifth Beatle' quits Apple Corps", BBC News, 11 April 2007 (link) Retrieved on 25 April 2007)

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