MOTOWN RECORDS APPOINTS JAMILA THOMAS AS VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING
SANTA MONICA, June 1, 2021 – Motown Records announced today that music executive and change agent Jamila Thomas has joined the label’s marketing leadership as Vice President, Artist Marketing, effective immediately. In this role, Thomas will oversee marketing strategies and campaigns across Motown’s roster of artists and partners. In addition, she will serve as a thought leader for the label and lead marketing initiatives for Motown’s newly relaunched historic spoken word imprint, Black Forum. Thomas will also continue her work as co-founder of the global initiative #TheShowMustBePaused.
Ethiopia Habtemariam, Chairman and CEO of Motown said in making the announcement, “Jamila is a proven and passionate advocate for artists and an incredibly talented marketer who operates from a place of true passion for music, culture and community. Motown is home to some of the most prolific and impactful voices of our time, including those of our artists, partners and executives, and we’re excited to welcome her to our team.”
Brian Nolan, EVP Motown and Motown Marketing, said, “Throughout her career, Jamila has demonstrated her understanding and ability to build and execute campaigns that help artists connect with fans around the world. She has incredible instincts and vision as a marketer, and I’m thrilled to welcome her to Motown’s marketing team.”
Jamila Thomas said, “Music has always inspired me and Motown has not only provided the soundtrack to some of the greatest, and most defining, moments in music history, but it has also launched the careers of some of music’s most iconic and impactful artists, songwriters and entrepreneurs spanning more than six decades. It’s an incredible honor to join this legendary label and the forward-thinking leadership that continues to redefine and impact culture around the world. I want to thank Ethiopia and Brian for the opportunity to be part of this team that helps write the next chapter of Motown’s legacy.”
Most recently, Thomas served as Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic Records, where she successfully worked on campaigns for developing and established artists including Ugly God, Pardison Fontaine, PNB Rock, DRAM and Don Q, among others. Prior to Atlantic, Thomas was Head of Marketing at Asylum Records.
Today’s announcement marks a return to Universal Music Group for Thomas, where her previous work at Def Jam included her instrumental role in the album campaigns for Jhene Aiko’s Sailing Soul(s), Pusha T’s My Name is My Name and Big Sean’s Hall of Fame, among others, before joining Cash Money Records. At Cash Money, Thomas helped navigate breaking acts including Jacquees, while working on campaigns for superstar artists such as Drake and Nicki Minaj.
In the wake of the global pandemic and social injustices, both across the U.S and the world, Thomas co-founded #TheShowMustBePaused, a global initiative that addresses inequities, racism and social injustices. Billboard named Thomas and her partner the magazine’s 2020 Executive of the Year for launching the movement and helping to spur meaningful action across the music industry.
Motown Records defines, leads and drives global entertainment and culture every day. It is home to the most culturally impactful artists and partners in the world including Asiahn, City Girls, Erykah Badu, Kem, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Migos, Ne-Yo, The Hxliday, Tiana Major9 and Vince Staples along with Quality Control Music, Blacksmith Records and Since the 80’s.
Motown is a beacon of transformative, inter-generational success guided by forward-thinking leaders who have introduced the world to some of the most iconic songs and artists in history. From supporting the dreams of Black artists to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs whose focus and dedication to great artists, great songs, artist development, hard-work, shattering barriers and limitless dreams are always at the heart of all that they do – Motown will always be the place where Black dreamers are supported and protected, dreams are achieved, and the sound of youth culture is cultivated around the globe.