Executive Vice President Chris Hicks and Senior VP of Film, TV and Soundtracks Jonathan McHugh left Island Def Jam late last week, and about 20 staffers were laid off from the company on Friday, sources tell Billboard.biz.
Hicks resigned from his post on Thursday to pursue "several specific projects" and will work as a consultant for the company on a number of "high-profile projects," including Justin Bieber.
"We are delighted that IDJ artists will continue to benefit from Chris' creative expertise and relationships, and wish him only the very best on his many new projects," an IDJ rep said in a statement.
Hicks said: "I want to thank L.A. Reid, Steve Bartels and Barry Weiss for the past and future opportunities to work with the incredible IDJ roster and staff. I am proud of the successes we have had that I've been able to contribute to, including Justin Bieber and Jennifer Lopez, and look forward to further success with IDJ through this new relationship that allows me to pursue my other creative interests."
The people laid off include several regional promotional representatives and marketing staffers, as well as back-office personnel in areas like administration and IT. According to All Access, the departing promo reps include Dallas-based Chixo Gibbs and regional reps Dave Reynolds and Brian Samson.
In a statement provided to Billboard.Biz, a spokesperson for Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Motown said:
"Our plan to expand our creative investments is on track. And while the process of restructuring is always difficult, we've made substantial progress already in reducing costs and enabling our labels to be even more effective and nimble in this challenging marketplace. With efficiencies now in place, we are focused on growing each of our companies."
As part of the considerable turnover in the record industry this year, Universal Music Group was also hit by layoffs in January and June.