Barry Weiss Joins UMG

Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group has a new chairman and CEO in Barry Weiss following the departure of Antonio “L.A.” Reid to Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor.”

In his new role, Weiss will oversee Universal Republic, Mercury Records and Universal Motown from the NYC office.

Weiss previously served as chairman and CEO of RCA/Jive Label group, where he oversaw a roster including Justin Timberlake, Kings of Leon, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson.