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Def Jam has promoted Lynn Gonzalez to EVP, Head of Business Affairs and Business Development. Based in New York, she will report to both Def Jam CEO/Chairman Tunji Balogun and UMG EVP, Business and Legal Affairs, Steve Gawley.

In her ongoing leadership role at Def Jam, Gonzalez will continue to manage biz and legal affairs for the company, including oversight of Def Jam’s legal team and its negotiations and dealmaking.

“Lynn provides invaluable guidance and perspective on behalf of our artists and their plans,” said Balogun. “Her unique ability to handle the intricacies of her very sensitive and important work while adding keen insight and value across every aspect of our label makes Lynn a real one of one.”

Gonzalez joined Def Jam in 2013 as VP, Biz & Legal, and has served as SVP of the department since 2016. She currently co-chairs the Institutional Change Committee and sits on the Policy Committee for UMG’s Task Force for Meaningful Change.