Greg Thompson has been appointed executive VP of promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new position, Mr. Thompson will oversee the activities of IDJ's promotion (excluding urban promotion

Greg Thompson has been appointed executive VP of promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new position, Mr. Thompson will oversee the activities of IDJ's promotion (excluding urban promotion), artist development and new media departments. Thompson is based in New York and will report directly to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group.

Thompson most recently served as the executive VP of sales and marketing for IDJ. Prior to joining IDJ, he was with the Warner Music Group, where he served as executive VP/GM of the Elektra Entertainment Group since 1999. Prior to that, he spent five years as Elektra's senior VP of promotion. He began his career at Chrysalis Records in 1985, first as regional promotion manager for the Midwest, and later as VP of Top 40 promotion. In 1991, he was named senior VP of promotion at SBK Records. The following year he moved to EMI as VP of promotion, a position he held until joining Elektra. Mr. Thompson graduated from Michigan State University in 1984, with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications.

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