Ferdy Unger Hamilton is President of Columbia Records UK. He has played a central role in the label’s ongoing success since he joined in October 2016. He has overseen George Ezra achieve the bestselling new album of 2018 and Calvin Harris have his longest run at No.1 in the UK singles chart. Ferdy has also steered Columbia to achieve six UK No.1 albums in 2017 - more than any other label - with Kasabian, Harry Styles, Foo Fighters, The Script, Arcade Fire and Rag’n’Bone Man.
Ferdy joined Columbia Records following seven years as President of Polydor, where he enjoyed global success with Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Haim, The 1975, Years & Years and Michael Kiwanuka - as well as releasing Take That’s Progress, which became the third fastest selling album in UK history.
During his career, Ferdy has built an illustrious reputation for discovering and developing artists. In 1992, he launched Go! Beat Records and enjoyed critical and commercial success with Portishead and Gabrielle. He also co-wrote the No.1 single, Rise, the title track of Gabrielle’s third and most successful album.