Geffen Records has had several incarnations over the years, and another one begins today: the storied record label is relaunching with veteran A&R exec Neil Jacobson as president. The move was exclusively announced to Billboard by John Janick, chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M.
"Geffen Records has always represented the true entrepreneurial spirit of the music business," Janick said in a statement. "Neil's commitment to artistry, his drive, and his ability to see and create new opportunities for our business make him the perfect choice to take the helm at Geffen, a label that is such an important part of the collective legacy of our company."
Jacobsen has been with Interscope for some 15 years, working in international publicity and marketing before moving over to management and A&R. Over the years he’s signed LMFAO and DJ Snake, managed Will.I.Am (and also ran his label), Robin Thicke and hitmakers Jeff Bhasker (Fun., Kanye West, Mark Ronson) and Emile Haynie (Lana del Rey, Father John Misty, Lady Gaga, Kid Cudi).