Kanye West's Longtime Publicist Gets Promotion

5:15 AM PST 01/24/2012 by THR Staff

Gabe Tesoriero, who has represented the rapper for the entirety of his career, got a title bump to Senior Vice President, Media and Artist Relations at Island Def Jam Music Group.

Gabe Tesoriero, longtime publicist for Kanye West, Rihanna and Nas, among others, has been promoted to senior vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group.

Department head and evp Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Tesoriero for being an “amazing media strategist” and adding, “I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have by my side for this wild ride. Working alongside Gabe has been a pleasure as well as an education that I know will continue for years to come.”

Said Tesoriero: “I look forward to continued growth and success for this historic label and its unmatched roster of artists. I also look forward to a world at peace and a fair showing for the Boston Red Sox next season.”

The New York-based Tesoriero joined IDJ in 2005 as senior director of media and artist relations. He had previously spent seven years at indie JLM Public Relations where his client roster included Roc-A-Fella Records.

Tesoriero has represented West for the rapper’s entire career. Other artists on the IDJ roster include Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, The-Dream, The Roots, Big Boi, Big Sean, Fabolous and Pusha-T.

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