*Antonio “L.A.” Reid was officially named head of Epic Records on Monday, a long-expected move that was first reported in June.
Reid — who will also serve as a judge on Simon Cowell’s singing competition show “The X Factor” this fall — will carry the title of chairman-CEO. He previously headed Island Def Jam from 2004 to 2011.
The move has been seen as inevitable since March, when Reid stepped down from his chairman position at IDJ.
Epic Records, which has first dibs on “X Factor” performers, is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The label is expected to merge with Jive Records, which Reid will also oversee, according to Reuters.