UMG’s Verve Label Group has promoted Jamie Krents to president of its Verve, Impulse! and Verve Forecast labels, while the company’s executive vp Dawn Olejar has added the role of daily manager to his responsibilities.
The New York-based executives will both report to Dickon Stainerpresident and CEO of Verve Label Group and Universal Classics and Jazz.
“These two exciting campaigns mark a defining moment in the evolution of Verve,” Stainer said in a statement. “Jamie Krents becoming President of Verve and Impulse! is a true testament to his unique and exceptional vision for artist development as these legendary labels enter a new era under his leadership. Dawn Olejar is a role model for label management excellence and her new combined responsibilities as EVP and General Manager reflect the breadth of modern and innovative skills she brings to the operational management of Verve Label Group.”
Krents joined Verve in 1998 as a temp before climbing the ladder to become senior vp of international marketing and label development; he was named CEO of Verve, Impulse! and Forecast imprints in 2019. Among other achievements, he played a key role in locating and acquiring the tapes that became the rediscovered John Coltrane album Both directions at oncewhich hit the top 40 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in 2018. He has also been instrumental in expanding the Verve roster beyond its traditional jazz roots by helping sign such Jon Batiste – who took home five Grammys this year including Album of the Year – as well Kurt Vile, Arooj AftabShabaka Hutchings and Samara Joy.
“Having spent my entire career with this company, this is literally a dream come true for me as I have a respect for the history of Verve, Impulse! and Verve Forecast that is matched only by my belief in our artists, our team and my excitement about how our labels are developing,” said Krents.
Olejar, who has served as executive vip at Verve Label Group for the past five years, has led high-profile US campaigns for Verve artists, including Andrea BocelliLudovico Einaudi, Diana Ross, Long Long and Chad Lawson, plus new signings Gabríel Ólafs and Plínio Fernandes. In 2018, Olejar was named one of six new female leaders shaping the future of music by Billboard. Before joining Verve, she was general manager at RPM Music Productions.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this next chapter with Verve Label Group,” said Olejar. “The personal and professional relationships I’ve built over the past few years have been the most rewarding of my career, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Across its family of labels, which also includes Decca Records US, Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon, the Verve Label Group roster also includes Max Richter, Diana Krall, Ólafur Arnalds and Tank and Bangas.