Island Def Jam Promotes Nicole Wyskoarko to Senior VP of Business and Legal

An IDJ staffer for 11 years who's worked with Rick Ross and Justin Bieber, Wyskoarko started at the company as an intern while completing her law degree.

Island Def Jam Music Group announced the promotion of Nicole Wyskoarko from her current position as the vice president of business and legal affairs to senior VP of that same division, it was announced on Tuesday by Island Def Jam's executive VP, Steve Gawley.

Wyskoarko has been with Island Def Jam for 11 years, starting at the company as an intern while completing her law degree, eventually taking the VP position of IDJ's legal and business department after six years, working with artists like Rick Ross and Justin Bieber.

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“Nicole is a team player and a rising star. I can't think of anyone more qualified to lead business affairs for The Island Def Jam Music Group," wrote Mr. Gawley in a statement, going on to say that "Nicole has deep industry relationships and a knack for quickly navigating and closing the most complicated deals we encounter. She is a proven closer."

“I am truly honored and elated to expand my role at a label known for its exceptional artistry and its extraordinarily talented executives,” said Ms. Wyskoarko. “Steve Gawley has been an incredible mentor and friend to me. I look forward to working closely with him, Michael Seltzer and the rest of our team as we consummate the new deals and relationships necessary to implement the vision of IDJ’s management team for the future.”

Wyskoarko was awarded ASCAP's women behind the music award in 2012 and is a founding member of the non-profit advocacy group Black Women in Entertainment Law.

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