Biz, legal VP is based in New York.

Atlantic Records has promoted Ari Taitz from senior director to VP of business and legal affairs.

Taitz, who joined the company in 2000, is based at the New York headquarters and reports to business and legal affairs senior VP Michael Kushner.

"He is a skilled negotiator and drafter, with expertise that ranges from artist and label deals to Internet agreements and copyright law," Kushner says in a statement. "At the same time, he brings a music fan's enthusiasm and down-to-earth approach to his work. "

In his new position, Taitz will be responsible for negotiating and drafting agreements with artists, labels, new media/Internet companies and film companies. He will also assist in the development and execution of Internet policy and assist with financial and legal advice for the label.