Co. attempts to revamp flagging U.S. operations

Capitol Records has tapped industry vets Mark DiDia and Larry Jacobson as senior vice presidents. The two will team up to oversee the day-to-day operations of the storied EMI imprint under president and chief exec Andy Slater.

DiDia and Jacobson will work with Slater, who was himself appointed by outgoing EMI chief Ken Berry last May, to develop Capitol’s long-term strategy, which includes beefing up the label’s thin roster of new and rising star talent.

That goal has taken on a new urgency with the ascent last week of former Polygram topper Alain Levy to the top post at EMI Recorded Music, replacing Berry. Part of Levy’s mandate from chairman Eric Nicoli and the EMI board is to revamp the company’s flagging U.S. operations.

Both execs have impressive pedigrees, including top management posts at several labels. DiDia was most recently general manager of the Disney-owned imprint Hollywood Records. Prior to that, he held the GM post at Rick Rubin’s American Recordings, and also worked in the national promotion department of Geffen Records.

Jacobson comes to Capitol from the GM spot at Warner Music division Giant Records, where his work included the Grammy-winning Steely Dan LP “Two Against Nature,” as well as “The Sickness,” the hit debut from metal act Disturbed.

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