Rani Hancock has been named executive vp/head of A&R at Columbia Records, according to an internal memo obtained by Billboard sent today (July 6). Hancock, based in New York, will begin her new role Aug. 1 and report to Columbia chairman/CEO Ron Perry.
Hancock has spent the past four years as president of Warner Music Group’s Sire Records. Prior to running Sire, she spent 15 years at Sony Music, eventually rising to executive vp A&R at RCA, before moving to Universal Music Group's Island Records as executive vp/head of A&R.
"Throughout her career, Rani has worked alongside numerous superstars and is an exceptional record maker," Perry said in the memo. "I’m thrilled that Rani will help lead our A&R department into the future."