Island Def Jam Music Group ups Bartels


NEW YORK -- Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president and COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report directly to IDJMG chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid.

Bartels has 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. He began his career in music as national director of promotion at A&M Records.