Concord Recorded Music is expanding its international footprint across Continental Europe, led by the newly-promoted Fred Gillham.

Gillham, managing director of the independent music group’s U.K. business since 2019, adds duties for Europe, the company announced Wednesday (March 2).

In this new role as Concord Recorded Music’s managing director of U.K. & Europe, Gillham will replicate the setup he established in the U.K. into markets throughout Europe, recruiting staff and striking partnerships to create a pipeline for its frontline and catalog releases.

Gillham is simply the right person for the job. Since joining from Universal Music Group, where he was VP international, Gillham has “proved an invaluable member of the global team and has shown great success in the U.K. market in a short period of time,” say co-senior VPs of international Rebecca Berman and Michael Nance, to whom he reports.

With Gillham’s knowledge of both Concord’s repertoire and the pan-European marketplace, he’ll be expected to “bolster our European operations and further develop the careers of our artists and our business as a whole,” the SVPs continue in a statement, announcing his new role.

Gillham joined Concord Recorded Music after a decade at Universal, where he oversaw worldwide campaigns for UMG labels such as Verve, Blue Note and UMG Nashville, and also UMG-distributed labels including Concord, a relationship that made his shift a seamless one.

As the leader of Concord’s U.K. business, he was tasked with building a team to handle all campaigns for its labels; Fantasy Records, Rounder Records, Loma Vista Recordings, Easy Eye Sound, Fearless Records, KIDZ BOP, and the catalog under Craft Recordings, while also managing Concord’s local distribution relationships.

Gillham joined Concord Recorded Music during an expansive push, when the company appointed staffers in Canada, Germany and Australia to market its releases.