Step Johnson has been with label since '92.
Step Johnson has been appointed president of urban music at Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA). With Interscope since 1992, he most recently co-headed the company's urban music staff with Ron Gilyard who exited the company last year. The appointment follows news that A&M president Ron Fair is in talks to become chairman of A&M and Geffen, reporting to IGA chairman Jimmy Iovine (Billboard, Inside Track, Feb. 4).
Under Johnson's watch, IGA has garnered success with such artists as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and more recently Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and his G-Unit acts, Eminem, Keyshia Cole and The Game.
The industry veteran first broke into the music business in the 1970s as a regional promotion executive for ABC Records in New Orleans. He joined A&M Records in 1981 as senior VP of urban promotion. Johnson left that Los Angeles post in the mid-'80s when he was named senior VP/GM of urban music at Capitol Records. Johnson graduated from New Orleans' Loyola University with a B.A. in marketing.