Def Jam has been ripe with changes this year. The label has seen the deaprture of President Joie Manda in March, who moved to join the urban team at Interscope records, as well as announcing yesterday that Senior Vice President of A&R Sha Money XL would be taking a similar position at Epic Records.

To make up for the moves, Def Jam has announced to day that Shawn "Pecas" Costner has been promoted to label Executive Vice President from his position as Senior VP.

"Def Jam [Records] is the greatest Hip Hop label in the world and it is an honor and a privilege to work with such incredible artists every day," Costner said in a press statement. "I am appreciative of [Island Def Jam Records President] Steve Bartels for his leadership and his continued faith in me as we move the Def Jam brand into the future. With our talented staff, an unprecedented roster of superstars and an exciting crop of newcomers, we are poised to win big in 2013 and beyond."

Pecas has been with Def Jam since 2005, after previously working at Elektra and Arista Records earlier in the decade.