Paul Pontius has been promoted to executive vice President, A&R for Island Records. In his new position as head of A&R for Island Records, Pontius will continue working with his existing artist roster, which includes Hoobastank, Melissa Etheridge, Letter Kills, CKY and Die Trying, in addition to actively seeking out, acquiring and developing new talent. Pontius, who is based in Los Angeles, will work closely with and report directly to Antonio "L.A." Reid, chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
"I am grateful to L.A. Reid for his trust in me as I enter this next phase of my career," said Pontius. "The A&R staff of Island in New York and Los Angeles has made great strides in the time I have been here, and we all look forward to growing and learning from L.A. Reid."
Pontius has served as vice president, A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group, since 1999. Prior to that he was at Immortal/Epic Records, where his signings included Korn and Incubus. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen