Chris Anokute Named SVP, A&R At Island Def Jam
December 9, 2011 at 5:09 AM (PT)
ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP has named CHRIS ANOKUTE as SVP, A&R, the label announced THURSDAY (12/8). ANOKUTE, who started with DEF JAM as an intern in 2001, has most recently served as SVP, A&R at UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC after five years at VIRGIN/EMI.
"CHRIS is very talented and I'm happy he is joining our A&R team," said EVP/Head of A&R KAREN KWAK, to whom ANOKUTE will report. "His track record for discovering fresh and unique talent is impressive and I know we can achieve even greater success together at IDJ."
"It's a blessing to be working for the label where it all started for me," said ANOKUTE. "I have loads of respect for KAREN KWAK, and I'm humbled to have this opportunity to work with her and the team at ISLAND DEF JAM. I'd also like to thank BARRY WEISS, STEVE BARTELS, and PETER THEA for their support, as I embark on this new endeavor with the best record company in the world."