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Ellis gets Sony Urban gig

New G.M. has been with company since 1998

A correction was made to this article on Mar. 5, 2004.

Former Sony Music licensing and promotion exec Lisa Ellis has been tapped general manager of Sony Urban Music, working with Columbia Records and Epic Records.

Ellis will work closely with Sony Music U.S. prexy Don Ienner in overseeing the day-to-day operations of Sony Urban Music. She replaces David McPherson, exec VP of urban music, who has ankled the company.

A Sony exec since 1995, Ellis was most recently senior VP of strategic marketing and music licensing for Sony Music. In 2002 and part of 2003, Ellis served as senior veep, R&B/rhythm-crossover promotion, Columbia Records; she also held jobs at Reebok, Pepsi and CBS Radio.

In 2000, Ellis received the Radio Music Award for crossover executive of the year.

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