Urban music vet Joie Manda has been appointed president of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Recordings.

Based in New York, Manda will report to Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Music Group chairman-CEO Barry Weiss.

In a statement, Weiss said that Manda “has emerged as one of the most respected young executives in today’s urban music landscape, possessing all the qualifications and experience that are essential to run Def Jam.”

Manda is the first exec to hold the Def Jam presidency since rapper Jay-Z stepped down from the post in 2007.

He comes to the label from Warner Music Group, where he headed the company’s urban music operations since 2010. At WMG, Manda helped sign Common, Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group and Waka Flocka Flame, among others. He was previously exec veep at WMG’s Asylum Records, where he signed Paul Wall.