Shawn "Pecas" Costner has been promoted to EVP of Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, in a statement. Costner will be responsible for coordinating release schedules with artists, supporting new signings, as well as helping to "lock in and coordinate all frontline activities," according to the release.

Costner joined Island Def Jam eight years ago as VP of Lifestyle Promotion before being promoted to SVP in 2010. Prior to his time at Island Def Jam Coster had worked, in various capacities, for the promotions departments at V2 Records (director of Rap Promotions), Elektra and Arista (director of Urban Promotions for the Northeast Region).

"I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion," wrote Bartels.  "I have worked with Pecas for many years and have watched him grow significantly over that time."

"Def Jam is the greatest hip-hop label in the world and it is an honor and a privilege to work with such incredible artists every day," wrote Mr. Costner. "I am appreciative of Steve Bartels for his leadership and his continued faith in me as we move the Def Jam brand into the future. With our talented staff, an unprecedented roster of superstars and an exciting crop of newcomers, we are poised to win big in 2013 and beyond."