Korda Marshall has worked for over 25 years in the UK music industry. During his career he has been a musician, a talent scout, signed artists, directed major label A&R departments, produced, executive produced and been a managing director of three recording companies. During his career he has worked with performers including Take That, MUSE, Ash, Paul Oakenfold, the Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Peter Andre, Garbage, James Blunt, Gnarls Barkley and The Darkness, personally signing or negotiating with several of these artists.
His initial position in the music industry was with RCA records, where he was Head of A&R, before eventually leaving to set up his own label, Infectious Records. He negotiated a joint venture with the Australian company Mushroom Records and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of Mushroom Records (UK) Ltd. In 1998 Mushroom Records and Infectious Records were both sold to News International.
In 2003, Mushroom Records was bought by Warner Music UK and absorbed into East West Records, a division of Warner Brothers Records. Korda was appointed Managing Director of Atlantic Records in 2003, becoming Managing Director of Warner Brother Records in 2005. In 2008 he left Warner Brother Records to establish Infectious Music Ltd of which he is currently the Chairman. His first signing for Infectious Records was Indie band ‘Temper Trap’, and more recently indie band ‘Alt-J’.
Chief Executive Officer
Harry Cowell started in the music industry in 1978 as a drummer prior to becoming a drum technician for a number of major international artists. He progressed into tour management before opening his first recording studio where he worked with The Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine and The Damned. In 1991 he set up a new management company with Simon Napier-Bell, with which he expanded into international management, managing major artists including Asia and Ultravox. In 2000 Harry Cowell joined Rive Droite Music and within 3 months was made the Managing Director of the Production and Music Publishing company. Rive Droite Music was responsible for writing and/or producing hits for Kylie Minogue, Enrique Iglesias, Jimmy Nail, Cher and Katherine Jenkins.
Sir Harry (as he’s known in the industry) left Rive Droite Music at the end of 2005, after the catalogue was put up for sale and later sold for $10 million. He formed, in partnership a new record, production, publishing and management company, the Private and Confidential Group Ltd. After his partner decided to scale the business down, Harry Cowell started up a new publishing venture alongside Imagem Music and took the decision to form a new company which led to the companies that now form part of Mission. Until early 2011 Sir Harry was also a Board Member of The Association of Independent Music a non-profit making trade body established by UK independent record labels to represent the independent music sector.
Chief Operating Officer
Eoghan Hynes is the founder, Managing Director and Chairman of the Leanort Group which produces and supplies energy efficient building materials through its subsidiaries:-
•Hytherm, which was established in 1986 as a manufacturer of graphite enhanced and white EPS insulation.
•Xtratherm established in 2000 to develop and manufacture high performance rigid foam Polyisocyanurate and Phenolic thermal insulation. Xtratherm distributes its Thin-R, Safe-R, Xtroliner and CavityTherm technology foam products throughout Europe from plants in Ireland, the UK and Belgium (in development).
In 1997 Eoghan Hynes established Hyloc Limited, a UK based manufacturer and global distributor of cyanoacrylate adhesives. Having previously served as Hyloc’s Managing Director Mr Hynes became Chairman in 2005.
In 2009 Eoghan Hynes was also elected Chairman of the Qtelmedia Group, providers of Live Stream and VOD services (entertainment, sport and news) to mobile devices. Qtelmedia offers telecom operators a fully integrated media services delivery system including integrated billing, content management and mobile handset independence.
Mr Hynes has been a director of the Mission Group companies since 2009.
Simon Napier-Bell has enjoyed a long career in the entertainment industry, commencing in the 1960s with notable highlights including the motion picture ‘What’s New Pussycat’ and the management of well-known artists such as Wham! and The Yardbirds. He also co-wrote the No. 1 Hit Single ‘You don’t have to say you love me’ for Dusty Springfield.
He has worked in a number of entertainment sectors including film, television, music and literature. He remains involved in film and music projects as a consultant, continues to write books and works as a newspaper columnist, regularly lecturing on the media and entertainment industry. He will focus on the Company’s business development.
Norman Lott is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is the part-time finance director of Alexander David Investments plc and various other public and private companies.
Prior to taking up his present positions he was finance director and deputy managing director of Tiger Books International Plc, financial controller of Mary Glasgow Publications and Parks Bookshops Ltd (each part of Wolters Kluwer (UK) plc) , the UK finance director of FTC Holdings Ltd, the finance director of Flowsave International Limited and Graham & Trotman Ltd, the financial controller of Stromberg (UK) Ltd and an assistant manager with Peat Marwick (Hong Kong). Norman qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst and Whinney in 1980.
Independent Non-Executive Director
David Thomas spent more than 20 years in private practice as a solicitor specialising in corporate finance law before moving into investment banking in 2001. He took up an appointment as General Counsel and Company Secretary with Beeson Gregory Group Plc. David ceased to practise as a solicitor in 2002.
Since 2002 he has been working independently on various projects involving Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Singapore. He has been a director of several publicly quoted companies and is currently a non-executive director of Naibu Global International Company Plc and Top Creation Investments Limited, both quoted on AIM.