Island/Def Jam Co-President Moves On

Music company says he resigned; L.A.Times reports he was ousted.

Island Def Jam Music Group — home to such artists as pop band Hanson, hard-rockers Rammstein and rapper DMX — said Thursday that co-president John Reid has resigned to pursue other opportunities. The Los Angeles Times reported that the executive, who is credited with boosting the label's new artist-and-repertoire team, was ousted as a result of a power struggle within the company. Reid could not be reached for comment. Reid, who previously had overseen PolyGram's Canadian division, took his post at Island Def Jam following the merger of Seagram Co.'s Universal Music and PolyGram. "Throughout his time with us, John has helped to create a thriving, cutting-edge music company," Jim Caparro, chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, said in a statement.