London, United Kingdom, 14th December 2021
Utopia Music, the Swiss Music fintech company, announced that Tony Latham officially joined the company as Vice President of the Investor Services Business Unit on 25 November, 2021 reporting to COO Roberto Neri, and will be based in London.
The Investor Services Business Unit will support catalogue acquisition and maximise fund lifecycle monetisation opportunities for existing and future Utopia clients.
Latham has considerable commercial, financial and operational experience in music publishing and licensing. Prior to joining Utopia, Latham was Financial Director at PPLPRS, the UK joint licensing venture between PRS for Music and PPL. But before that he spent more than a decade as Global CFO at the Music Sales Group – now Wise Music Group. Latham began his career as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte, where he spent 11 years in audit, consultancy and M&A..
“We are very excited about Tony joining Utopia,” said Roberto Neri, COO at Utopia Music. “Tony is a first class addition to our expanding global team. His experience in the Music Industry and commercial acumen will help lead the way for the success of the Investor Services Unit, working as a partner to our clients, and helping us untap the real value of Music. I’m sure Tony will be instrumental in helping us deliver on our mission of Fair Pay for Every Play.”
“I am honoured to be joining such an innovative business with the best interests of music creators at its core,” said Latham. “I could not be more delighted to be working with Markku, Roberto and such a talented and passionate team at Utopia. This truly is a company out to make a real difference and bring about transformational change for our industry – to deliver transparency and fairness to creators of music, and to deliver enhanced value to its custodians. Its vision is bold and ambitious and I’m hugely excited to be a part of delivering it.”
Latham received a M.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Edinburgh.
Latham’s appointment is the latest in a string of high-profile Utopia hires, with Roberto Neri joining as Chief Operating Officer in September, followed by the appointments of Paul Gathercole as Chief Data Officer, Åsa Carild as Head of Platform, Paul Stuart as Chief Legal Officer, Mark Williamson as Vice President for Creator Services, and Rachel Kelly as Vice President for Australia.