After just over a year in his position, Def Jam President Joie Manda leaves the iconic label to head to Interscope Records as President of Urban Music.
Manda tok over as President of Def Jam last March, but resigned this month, and announced that he will be joining the Interscope ranks to head their Urban Music department, reports Billboard.com.
“Despite having to move back to Los Angeles for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to Barry [Weiss], John [Janick] and Jimmy Iovine for this exciting new opportunity,” Manda said in a statement. “I’ve learned a lot from Barry in the last year and am very appreciative of everything he has done for me. I am now looking forward to being part of the Interscope [Records] family, a company uniquely positioned for success despite this challenging marketplace.”
The move will bring Manda back to a similar role he had prior to Def Jam, when he served as Warner Bros. Records’ head of Urban Music. At Warner, he was involved in the signings and developing of acts such as Paul Wall, Common, and the Maybach Music Group roster.
He was Def Jam’s first president since Jay-Z resigned in the final days of 2007. There, he was instrumental in signing Trinidad James.