KAREN KWAK NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, A&R OPERATIONS, OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN FOR THE ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP - UMG
Karen Kwak has been named Senior Vice President, A&R Operations, Office of the Chairman for The Island Def Jam Music Group it was announced today by Antonio “LA” Reid, Chairman of The Island Def Jam Music Group. Ms. Kwak, who will work directly with Mr. Reid, will manage all of the operational duties of the A&R departments, which includes the administration of all A& R related affairs for the Island Def Jam Music Group and its affiliated labels. In addition Ms. Kwak will head the Def Jam A&R department and have full responsibility for all of the creative and operational aspects of the department.
“I am thrilled to have Karen here with me at Island Def Jam,” stated Antonio “LA” Reid. “She consistently displays uncommon leadership, a keen sense of strategy in a broad range of situations and an unwavering commitment to artists and their creative process. I am sure that Karen will be instrumental in helping to take Island Def Jam to even greater heights.”
“I am truly grateful to LA Reid for yet another opportunity,” stated Ms. Kwak. “Having worked closely with him for the last several years, I am continually inspired by his commitment to excellence. It is a real privilege to be part of this dynamic team and
to work with LA in executing his vision for The Island Def Jam Music Group, a label with a rich history, incredible roster of artists and talented executives.”
Ms. Kwak comes to the The Island Def Jam Music Group from Arista Records where she most recently served as Senior Vice President, A&R Operations and Administration. Prior to joining Arista Records in 2000, Ms. Kwak served as Vice President, A&R Administration at LaFace Records in Atlanta. Ms. Kwak began her career at Motown Records in 1991, and over the next eight years held jobs of increasing importance. She was Vice President, A&R Administration at Motown prior to joining LaFace in 1999.
The Island Def Jam Music Group is home to a multi-cultural and diverse family of artists and has fast become one of the most successful labels in the industry. It is comprised of Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Def Soul, and is in partnerships with American Recordings, Lost Highway Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, The Inc, and Roadrunner Records. The roster boasts an array of talented artists including Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Patti Labelle, Hoobastank, Ludacris, Ashanti, Ryan Adams, Kanye West, Thursday, Nickelback, Musiq, Method Man, Ja Rule, Sum 41, Thrice, Saliva and DMX.
Date: April 13, 2004