Jeff Kempler has joined Island Def Jam Music Group as Senior VP business and legal affairs, reporting to chairman and CEO Jim Caparro. Kempler was a partner with the Atlanta-based entertainment law firm Greenberg Traurig LP.
Kempler will supervise all aspects of business and legal affairs for Island Def Jam and oversee the recording administration department. At Greenberg Traurig, Kempler represented such artists and producers as LL Cool J, Toni Braxton, George Strait, Desmond Child and Bernie Taupin. He also represented Island (Black Music), Lava Records, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and QVC.
“In their individual histories and as a combined company, Island and Def Jam Records have consistently represented the most successful combination of cultural integrity, market innovation and commercial success,” Kempler said. “I am delighted to join this tremendously energetic and exciting company.”
Island Def Jam, a division of Universal Music Group, consists of Island Records, Def Jam Records and Def Soul Records.