Island Records has promoted Paul Pontius to executive VP of A&R. Pontius has been VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999.

Paul Pontius, who has been VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999, becomes head of A&R for Island. He continues to work with acts such as Hoobastank, Melissa Etheridge, Letter Kills, CKY and Die Trying, in addition to actively seeking out and developing new talent.

Based in L.A., Pontius reports directly to Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid.

Prior to joining Island Def Jam, Pontius was at Immortal/Epic, where he signed Korn and Incubus.