Def Jam Recordings has appointed widely respected industry veterans DJ Mormile and Jeff Burroughs to senior executive roles – in its Los Angeles and New York City offices, respectively – it was announced today by Paul Rosenberg, Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings.
Mormile – the seasoned LA-based hitmaker and manager who counts superstar producer Mike Will Made It, west coast rap giant YG, and trap legend Soulja Boy among his clients – has been appointed Executive Vice President, West Coast. In his new role, Mormile will work closely with Def Jam’s artists and managers, its Santa Monica-based executive team, and within the creative community as a whole. Mormile also brings his own label venture to the company, where he will sign and develop talent exclusively for Def Jam Recordings. Mormile will report directly to Rosenberg.
“DJ brings to Def Jam over twenty years of experience in the industry and a resumé that includes a long string of decorated accomplishments and accolades,” said Rosenberg. “We are very lucky to bring his sharp ear, experience and strong relationships into our fold.”
“It’s an honor to be reunited with Paul Rosenberg after beginning our careers together almost 20 years ago,” said Mormile, “Now here we are at Def Jam, the label with the strongest brand and legacy in Urban music. I am excited to be joining the renowned Def Jam team, and I look forward to developing artists with its talented staff.”
As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Burroughs – a widely-respected marketing veteran and entrepreneur with over twenty years of executive-level experience – will direct marketing activities coming out of Def Jam’s New York City headquarters, leading Def Jam’s team of product managers in creating and executing strategic campaigns on behalf of the label’s diverse roster of marquee names and emerging artists. Burroughs will report to Scott Greer, EVP marketing & Commerce and Rich Isaacson, GM & EVP.
“Jeff is the embodiment of the forward-thinking renaissance marketing executive,” said Rosenberg. “He has mastered the subtleties of high-profile brand leveraging and new product launches, experiencing an extraordinary level of success whose lessons can be brought to bear in today’s competitive music marketplace. I am confident that Jeff will play a transformative role in Def Jam’s future.”
“I’m excited to re-enter the major label system,” said Burroughs, “and proud to be joining Paul Rosenberg, Rich Isaacson, Scott Greer and the talented Def Jam executives at the undisputed home of hip-hop. I intend to make sure that I add value at a critical and opportune time in the history of this legendary label.”