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Acker Named VP Of Def Jam/Def Soul

Randy Acker named Vice President of Def Jam/Def Soul Records, and will be based at the companyís New York office.

Kevin Liles, president of the Island Def Jam Music Group, has named Randy Acker to the position of vice president of Def Jam/Def Soul Records. Mr. Acker will report directly to Kevin Liles and will be based at the companyís New York office. In his new post, Acker will be involved in the overall operations of the Def Jam and Def Soul labels, which includes coordinating activities with joint ventures such as Roc A Fella, Murder Inc, Def Jam South and Bloodline. Also, Mr. Acker will help to develop overall strategies and direction for Def Jam/Def Soul, as well as the scheduling of singles and albums and branding issues.

Upon making Mr. Acker’s promotion, Mr. Liles said, “It is rare to find a person with such dedication, determination, and diligence to fill a critical position of VP. Randyís commitment to the success of our company has proven that he is more than capable. I am confident that Randy will work hard to assure that the Def Jam/Def Soul brands will continue to be a preeminent force in urban culture, both domestically and internationally.”

“I am excited to have this opportunity to assist Kevin, Lyor and Jim in continuing the growth of Def Jam/Def Soul as the premier urban music label,” Acker commented.

Acker previously held the position of Vice President, A&R, for Def Jam/Def Soul Records, where he has been for the past four years. During that time, Acker worked with such artists as DMX and Funkmaster Flex, and the Nutty Professor II soundtrack, as well as supervised the A&R activities for Def Jam/Def Soul.Ý

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