Pitts is urban leader at Zomba

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Mark Pitts has been named president of urban music at Zomba Label Group.

In his new role, Pitts will continue to identify new talent while supervising the artistic and commercial development of Zomba's urban artists. He will continue to be based in Zomba's New York office, working closely with ZLG president and CEO Barry Weiss and Peter Thea, senior vp U.S. record labels.

"Mark's ear for talent combined with his business sense is a rare combination that puts ZLG at a great advantage," Weiss said Tuesday. "I look forward to his continuing contributions to Zomba's success."

Pitts had been senior vp for Zomba Label Group. He joined Zomba in 2004 from Arista Records. As an A&R executive at Zomba, he has worked with such top-selling urban music acts as Usher, Chris Brown, Ciara, Kelis and Anthony Hamilton.

Pitts began his career in 1992 with Sean "Puffy" Combs at Bad Boy Records. He went on to manage acts including the Notorious B.I.G.

"As much as I've been blessed with success, I am still a student of the game, learning every day," he said. "This new position will truly allow me to grow and further bring my vision to Zomba's urban acts in all areas."
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