Bartels higher in mix at IDJMG

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Steve Bartels has been promoted to the newly created post of president and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group.

He was president of Island Records and COO of IDJMG.

Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report to IDJMG chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid.

He had served as Island Records president since May 2004 and added the dual title of COO of IDJMG in early 2005.

Before IDJMG, Bartels spent a decade at Arista Records, which he joined in 1993 as vp special projects, eventually becoming executive vp.

Mike Boyle is a correspondent for Billboard.
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