Ed Eckstine and Mike Bone were named co-presidents of Mercury Records, one of Polygram’s three major labels. Move marks the first time a black person, Eckstine, has led a non-minority owned, major diskery.
Eckstine, who was exec v.p. of talent and creative affairs at Polygram and g.m. of Wing Records, will oversee a & r and all creative artist development, as well as develop Mercury’s new black music division. He previously held positions at Arista Records and at Quincy Jones Prods./Qwest Records.
Bone switches over from his post as Island prexy, which he took over shortly after Polygram bought Island in 1989. Prior to joining Island, he was prexy of Chrysalis. Bone began his major label career at Mercury in 1975 as a publicist.
Both men will be based in New York at Mercury’s headquarters.