Kanye West's Publicist Earns EVP Stripes

Gabe Tesoriero

Def Jam Records veteran Gabe Tesoriero takes on the new title of executive vp media and artist relations.

Def Jam has named longtime staffer Gabe Tesoriero as its new executive vp media and artist relations, CEO Steve Bartels announced today (Feb. 19).

Tesoriero, based in New York, will be responsible for media, publicity and advertising across the label's East and West Coast offices.

"I have worked with Gabe personally for over 10 years and am excited to be announcing his well-deserved promotion," said Bartels in a statement.

"I'm grateful to Steve Bartels for the faith and opportunity to help him guide — and in whatever way I can — lead this great company forward," added Tesoriero.

Tesoriero will be taking over the duties of Laura Swanson, who recently jumped to Epic Records. He will work closely with No I.D., who was named exec vp of A&R this past November.

Notably, Tesoriero has represented Kanye West throughout the producer-rapper's career, and worked closely with Ol' Dirty Bastard and Sean Paul during stints at VP Records and Tuff Gong Records.

This article first appeared on Billboard.com.

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