It's Official: Mark DiDia Named Island EVP/GM
February 23, 2009 at 5:52 AM (PT)
As tipped by ALL ACCESS at the end of JANUARY (NET NEWS 1/30), it's now official, as MARK DIDIA has been appointed EVP/GM at ISLAND RECORDS. The announcment was made TODAY by IDJMG Pres.COO STEVE BARTELS. In this newly created position, DIDIA will oversee all day-to-day operations of ISLAND RECORDS. DIDIA, who is based in NEW YORK, will report directly to BARTELS.
"MARK's arrival at ISLAND RECORDS is perfectly timed to coincide with the label's 50th anniversary this year," said BARTLES. "He brings a wealth of experience in every field of the business, respect from the major label artists with whom he's worked, and a unique vision for ISLAND's future. We welcome him to IDJ's senior management team and look forward to working together on the many exciting challenges that face us."
"I'm thrilled to join the legendary ISLAND RECORDS," said DIDIA. "I'm a true champion of the artists on the roster and I look forward to working closely with all of them."
DIDIA comes to ISLAND from COLUMBIA RECORDS, where he was EVP/GM. Prior to that, he was EVP/GM at CAPITOL RECORDS, HOLLYWOOD RECORDS and DEF AMERICAN RECORDINGS. DIDIA began his career in music at Rock stations WXRK (K-ROCK)/NEW YORK and WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, which led him to being tapped as head of Promotion for GEFFEN RECORDS.