Music industry veteran Mark Williams has joined Columbia Records as senior VP of A&R. Williams, who most recently worked at Interscope on M.I.A.'s upcoming album, will be based in Los Angeles.

Williams' appointment was announced by Columbia Records Group president Ashley Newton.

According to Columbia's announcement, Williams signed M.I.A. and The Hives and worked with artists including Gwen Stefani, Nine Inch Nails and Beck at Interscope.

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