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Jon Webster

London, UK
Jon Webster spent the early part of his career at Richard Branson’s Virgin Group initially Virgin Retail where he researched the Virgin Megastore concept before its launch in London. In 1981 Jon moved to the record label working in sales, marketing and international before becoming Managing Director in 1988. He worked with world famous acts such as Mike Oldfield, Genesis, Culture Club, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, Human League, Simple Minds and UB40. Jon was instrumental in the founding of the Now! That’s What I Call Music brand which has sold over 100 million units worldwide. After the sale to EMI in 1992 he became a consultant working with many of the acts above with whom he had developed a great working relationship. He has been a manager, founded the Mercury Music Prize, worked for the BPI but left in 2007 and now runs the Music Managers Forum (www.themmf.net).