(October 19, 2006 New York, NY) – Jim Roppo has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, president, Island Records & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group. In this new post, Mr. Roppo will develop, manage and guide all activities related to IDJ’s Sales, Retail Marketing and Alternative Street Team/Lifestyle forces. He will propose and execute policies and programs to achieve maximum sales volume for all releases. Mr. Roppo will be based in New York.

“We are thrilled in the growth and leadership Jim has demonstrated at IDJ, says Bartels. Many of our artists have benefited from his strategic vision, and it is only fitting that Jim lead the IDJ sales force into the future.

Said Mr. Roppo,I am grateful to Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Steve Bartels, and Shawn Carter for their continued support and confidence in me as I take the helm of what I consider the best Sales team in the business.

Mr. Roppo has served as Vice President, Sales, Island Def Jam Music Group, since February 2005, following a five year stint as Regional Sales Director for IDJ, based in Minneapolis. During that time, he was named Label Sales Rep of the year, UMVD Central Division, for 2001. Prior to IDJ, he spent two years as National Account Manager, Polygram Group Distribution, starting in 1997. He began his career in music in 1988 at Aron’s Records in Los Angeles. Mr. Roppo attended Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where he graduated in 1987, with the Bachelor of Arts degree International Relations.