ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP APPOINTS JOIE MANDA PRESIDENT, DEF JAM RECORDINGS
New York, NY, March 14, 2012 – Island Def Jam Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), today announced its appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam to whom he reports. Mr. Manda will be based in New York.
“As we look to expand Def Jam and our creative urban music activities even further, there is no one better to lead them than Joie,” said Mr. Weiss. “He has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today’s Urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam, the world’s most important hip-hop destination. The entire Def Jam family looks forward to working closely with Joie as he puts his unique imprint on the next chapter in the label’s storied and successful history.”
“Running Def Jam is the greatest challenge of my career,” said Mr. Manda, “and I am appreciative to Barry Weiss for his faith in appointing me to this position. I’m excited to work alongside Steve Bartels, who is one of the most talented music execs in the business and who has played such an important role in building the IDJ team. The Def Jam artist roster has always been synonymous with the greatest in hip-hop, and I intend to carry that tradition into the future.”
Mr. Manda comes to Def Jam from Warner Bros. Records, a division of Warner Music Group (WMG), where he served as head of Urban Music since September 2010 and was involved in the signing of Common, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group (Wale, Meek Mill), Waka Flocka Flame and Jill Scott, among others. He started at WMG as Executive Vice President of Asylum Records, starting when the label was revived in 2004 and signed Paul Wall and Bun B. Mr. Manda began his career in music as an artist manager.