Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Heath Kudler to VP, business and legal affairs.

NEW YORK -- Island Def Jam Music Group has promoted Heath Kudler to VP, business and legal affairs.

Kudler will be responsible for negotiating and drafting contracts and advising the various departments throughout the company with respect to any legal issues or questions. Based in New York, Kudler reports to Steve Gawley, senior VP, business and legal affairs.

Kudler served as senior director, business and legal affairs, since June 2001. Previously, he worked in the business and legal affairs department at PolyGram/Universal-affiliated labels for nearly a decade.

Kudler received a B.A. in criminal justice from Long Island University C.W. Post in 1992, and earned his J.D. at Brooklyn School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the New York Bar.