Leesa Brunson Promoted To Senior Vice President A&R Operations For Def Jam Recordings
December 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM (PT)
LEESA BRUNSON has been promoted to Senior Vice President, A&R Operations for DEF JAM RECORDINGS by EVP DION "NO I.D." WILSON. BRUNSON will be integral in supervising all day-to-day operations of the department, acting as liaison with the label to ensure the successful and timely delivery of album releases, as well as communicating with artists, producers and artist management to obtain key production and clearance related information. BRUNSON, who is based in NEW YORK, will report directly to NO I.D.
"LEESA is one of the cornerstones of DEF JAM," said NO I.D. "For more than a decade, her close, trusted relationships with both our artists and their managers has ensured that the music gets delivered, and we stay true to our release schedules. Her expertise in the field of A&R Operations is renowned throughout the industry, and we couldn't be more proud of announcing this well-deserved promotion."
"I have been incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to grow at DEF JAM, alongside the most talented artists and executives in the world," said BRUNSON. "STEVE BARTELS and NO I.D. are consummate leaders, and their infinite creativity and commitment inspire me every day. DEF JAM has an extraordinary slate of both new and superstar releases lined up for 2015, and I'm certainly looking forward to the new year."
BRUNSON joined DEF JAM's A&R department as Manager in 2001, and rose through positions of increased responsibilities prior to her promotion to Vice President in 2010. During the course of her tenure, she has worked closely with NE-YO, JEEZY, JAY Z, RIHANNA, JUSTIN BIEBER, RICK ROSS, FABOLOUS, JEREMIH, BIG SEAN and LOGIC, among others. She began her career in the A&R Department of ELEKTRA RECORDS in the '90s, working with BUSTA RHYMES, RAY J, OL' DIRTY BASTARD, METALLICA and BRAND NUBIAN.