Nicki Farag has been promoted to executive vp and general manager at Def Jam, the company announced today. The longtime radio promo vet — who has spent the past 18 years at the venerable hip-hop institution, most recently as executive vp of promotion — replaces Rich Isaacson in the role, who announced his exit last week.
As GM, Farag will be taking over the day to day operations of the label under interim chairman/CEO Jeff Harleston, who is also the general counsel for parent company Universal Music Group. She’ll also be responsible for developing and executing strategies for the label’s galaxy of talent, which includes Kanye West, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, among a host of others.
“Nicki is a seasoned, consummate professional and true leader,” Harleston said in a statement. “She has the ability to understand and inspire confidence in artists, the passion and tenacity to champion their artistry, and the tireless energy to rally her staff to compete and achieve greatness. I’m excited to welcome her into this important new role, with every expectation that both she and the company will soar.”
Source: News | Billboard