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."