Def Jam Recordings announced that Nicki Farag has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager. Ms. Farag, an 18-year Def Jam veteran, most recently served as Executive Vice President of Promotion, the first female executive to hold that title in the label’s history. In her newly enhanced position, she will oversee the label’s day-to-day operations, working with artists, managers and staff to develop strategies and execute plans on behalf of the label’s diverse roster of global superstars and emerging talent.

Based in Santa Monica, Farag will report to Def Jam interim Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Harleston, who commented, “Nicki is a seasoned, consummate professional and true leader. She has the unique ability to understand and inspire confidence in artists, the passion and tenacity to champion their artistry, and the tireless energy to rally her staff to compete and achieve greatness. I’m excited to welcome her into this important new role, with every expectation that both she and the company will soar.

“Farag remarked, “Def Jam is a label with a distinct culture and DNA that has defined music for over 35 years. In my nearly two decades at Def Jam, I’ve never seen so much momentum and energy from our staff or with our artists. With Jeff’s leadership, we have all the pieces in place to take Def Jam to even greater level of success.”