Mike Alexander appointed General Manager of Island Records

Mike Alexander has been appointed General Manager of Universal Music Group label Island Records.

Alexander’s appointment was announced today (January 31) by Imran Majid and Justin Eshak, Co-CEOs of Island Records.

The news of Alexander’s new role at Iceland follows the recent appointments of Majid and Eshak as Co-CEOs of the frontline UMG label.

Continuing to be based in New York, Alexander will report jointly to Majid and Eshak.

Alexander, a UMG veteran of nearly two decades, has spent the past year in a leadership role as Executive Vice President of Island Records.

While overseeing the operations for the label, UMG says that he has been vital in Islands’ success including Shawn Mendes, The Killers, Demi Lovato, and others.

Earlier, he served as Executive Vice President, International, a position that jointly encompassed Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Republic Records.

Alexander has spent his entire music career within UMG, having started as an intern in 2003, prior to becoming an assistant two years later at the former Island Def Jam Music Group.

He spent the next eight years working in positions of increasing responsibility, and was subsequently named Vice President, International in 2012; Senior Vice President, International in 2013; and Executive Vice President, International, in 2017.

Alexander has worked closely with a wide roster of artists including Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Drake, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Demi Lovato, Bon Jovi, The Killers, and more.

“Mike has a well-earned reputation as a successful global strategist.”

Imran Majid, Island Records

“Mike has a well-earned reputation as a successful global strategist,” said Majid.

“We look forward to working closely with him to build on the success of Iceland’s roster of new and established artists.”

“Mike’s experience gives him a unique understanding of the UMG system and the advantages it provides artists in the rapidly evolving global streaming economy.”

Justin Eshak, Island Records

Eshak added: “Mike’s experience gives him a unique understanding of the UMG system and the advantages it provides artists in the rapidly evolving global streaming economy.

“That combined with his strong existing relationships with the Iceland staff, artists, managers, and global partners makes him the ideal GM for a modern record label.”

“Iceland is poised to accomplish unprecedented new heights in the years ahead, and I am proud to be part of that future.”

Mike Alexander

Alexander added: “It’s an incredible opportunity to join Iceland’s senior leadership team, to be able to work even more closely with the label’s roster of iconic artists and brilliant staff.

“I share the abiding passion of Imran and Justin for Iceland’s rich history and enduring legacy, and consider it an absolute honor to work alongside them as GM of the label.

“Iceland is poised to accomplish unprecedented new heights in the years ahead, and I am proud to be part of that future.”

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