Def Jam Recordings has revitalized its media and artist relations team with three new appointments. The iconic hip-hop label has named industry veteran Lauren Ceradini as senior vp, media and artist relations, while Renata Muniz has been promoted to vp and Joanne Hunter has been named senior director.
Ceradini joins Def Jam from the D.C.-based strategic advisory firm Smith & Company, where she represented various artists. In her new role, Ceradini will oversee Def Jam’s publicity activities on the West Coast and develop strategy and execute campaigns for both major stars (Big Sean, YG, Logic, 2 Chainz) and emerging artists on the label’s roster. Ceradini began her career in 2005 at Rogers & Cowan before moving to Epic Records, where she rose to become head of PR and worked closely with artists including Sade, the Michael Jackson estate and Fifth Harmony. She also served as vp of publicity at Capitol Records.
Muniz joined the Def Jam publicity department in 2012 and has served in the role of senior director since 2018. Prior to that, she worked at Republic Records, Epic Records, and 42 West. In her time at Def Jam, she has overseen PR for Alessia Cara and worked closely with Jhene Aiko, Teyana Taylor, and emerging artists including Kaash Paige, Danileigh, and Saint Bodhi.
Hunter’s appointment marks a return to Def Jam for the young executive, who started her music career at the label in 2012. She left in 2016 to take a job in publicity at Capitol Records, where she worked her way up to director. At Def Jam she is currently working closely with YG, Big Sean, and emerging rapper Bino Rideaux.