U.K. indie XL Recordings has restructured its A&R operations, with the label's senior A&R manager Hannah Overton and A&R consultant Imran Ahmed both elevated to newly-created positions as A&R directors.

At the same time, XL A&R manager Caius Pawson has been named senior A&R manager and A&R co-ordinator Jo Bagenal has been promoted to label manager. All four will report directly to XL owner Richard Russell and managing director Ben Beardsworth.

Overton's signings to XL include acclaimed alternative act band Friendly Fires, whose eponymous debut album was recently confirmed gold (100,000 U.K. shipments). Ahmed signed New York City-based Vampire Weekend to the label; that act's self-titled debut was also BPI-certifed as gold. The pair will work across the various label functions at XL and will have an input into marketing, international and promotions

Pawson handles A&R for critically-acclaimed U.K. alt-rock band The xx, signed to XL's Young Turks imprint. He also manages the band, whose debut album "xx" made the Top 40 of the Official Charts Co. sales listing in August. Bagenal's new role will cover product management duties on some of XL's key acts as well as A&R coordination across the roster.

According to Russell: "Hannah, Imran, Caius and Jo are all exceptional talents and we are acknowledging their achievements by giving them the seniority within the company that they deserve."