Universal Music's U.K. imprint A&M Records is to expand its roster following the promotion of Orla Lee to managing director.

Lee takes up her new post Sept. 1 following the departure of previous label head Simon Gavin, who was recently appointed managing director of Decca Affiliated Labels (Billboard.biz, July 26).

Prior to joining A&M Records, Lee spent eight years at Polydor U.K., where she latterly occupied the position of general manager, helping to steer the careers of artists including Scissor Sisters, James Morrison, Klaxons and Kaiser Chiefs, among others. She also worked closely on campaigns for The Rolling Stones and Eminem.

Scissor Sisters will now follow Lee to A&M Records, the act's U.K. label home, which will also handle the Rolling Stones (on the band's own Rolling Stones Records imprint). Dubstep-styled singer-songwriter James Blake also joins the expanding label as a new signing, with further additions to the label's roster due to be announced shortly, according to a statement released by Universal Music Group. A&M Records will also assemble its own dedicated marketing and A&R team for the first time as part of the label shake up.

A&M, which counts Grammy-winning Welsh singer Duffy among its existing roster, was retooled as a stand-alone U.K. label in 2006.

In a statement, David Joseph said: "There are very few executives who combine Orla's passion for artists, immense creativity and razor-sharp business instincts."

"It is extraordinary what she has already achieved at Polydor and I am very excited about her vision to grow and shape A&M," Joseph went on to say.

Lee added: "A&M is a label which has always had quality and artistry at its heart and I feel honored to be taking forward that legacy."