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Reid reunites with Shimmel at Epic

By | Published on Thursday 19 January 2012

La Reid

LA Reid has brought a former colleague from his days running La Face and Arista Records back into the music industry, by hiring Mark Shimmel as COO of Epic Records US, the Sony division which Reid has been heading up since last year.

Shimmel previously worked with Reid at the label the ‘X-Factor USA’ judge co-founded, La Face, and the major label imprint he subsequently ran, Arista. But for the last seven years Shimmel has worked in a music role at TV company Turner Entertainment. He will now return to the record industry to work with Reid, who – as previously reported – last year moved from Universal to Sony Music, which, as it happens, now owns both La Face and Arista.

Confirming the appointment, Reid told reporters: “Mark is an unparalleled executive and an exceptional leader with a wealth of experience in the music and entertainment space. He will be fundamental in successfully leading Epic Records”.

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