Darcus Beese is exiting his role as president/CEO of Island Records, Billboard has confirmed. The British-born executive, who first started working at Island in his native U.K. in 1989, had run the U.S. iteration of the label since July 2018. Hits first reported Beese was leaving.
Beese had replaced David Massey when taking over Island, and oversaw releases by Shawn Mendes, Jessie Reyez, The Killers, Skip Marley, Toni Braxton and more throughout his tenure, during which he also signed a slew of new artists to the Universal Music Group label. He also oversaw the label’s year-long celebration of Bob Marley’s 75th birthday in 2020, which included reissues, new recordings and more.
“Darcus informed us of his decision to return to the U.K. for personal reasons and to pursue new career opportunities there," a UMG spokesperson said in a statement to Billboard. "We fully support his decision and we are thankful to Darcus for his many contributions to Island Records through the years.”