Island Def Jam Music Group president and COO, Steve Bartels, has appointed Mark DiDia as the new executive vice president and general manager of Island Records.

DiDia, who was the former EVP of Columbia Records, has a long history in the music business, also holding positions at Capitol, Hollywood, Def American and Geffen Records. He will now be overseeing Island’s day-to-day tasks.

"I'm thrilled to join the legendary Island Records,” DiDia said in a press release. “I'm a true champion of the artists on the roster and I look forward to working closely with all of them."

As previously reported, Island Def Jam has made several changes in 2009. Jermaine Dupri, who was the president of the Island’s urban division, was fired in early January. Def Jam also recently filled their vice president position, appointing former Atlantic Records VP of urban A&R Chris Hicks to the seat. Hicks will pick up where the late Shakir Stewart left off – Evanka Williamson

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