Gee Robertson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

He will report to Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine.

NEW YORK -- Urban artist manager Gee Roberson has been named chairman of Geffen Records, as Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week. He will report to Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine.
Based in New York, Roberson will oversee the creative direction and operations of Geffen Records, with a special focus on discovering and nurturing new artists. He will also be charged with expanding the reach of the label into numerous areas, including digital direct-to-consumer, merchandising, touring and management, according to a news release.
"Gee has a unique combination of talents that the music industry really needs running a record company today," Iovine said in a statement.
Roberson began his music industry career under the tutelage of Jay-Z at Roc-A-Fella Records, where he rose to senior vp of A&R. He later moved to Atlantic Records as senior vp of A&R, heading up the label's urban music division. Roberson serves as co-CEO of Hip Hop since 1978, a full service management company handles such artists as Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and Young Jeezy.

It was unclear at press time whether Roberson will continue in his role at Hip Hop since 1978.