Universal Music's Universal Republic Records Names Rob Stevenson Executive VP, A&R

NEW YORK - Universal Music Group's Universal Republic Records division on Monday named Rob Stevenson to the newly-created position of executive vp, A&R.

The talent executive was most recently president of EMI’s Virgin Records, US. President & CEO Monte Lipman made the announcement about his appointment.

Based in New York and reporting to Monte and Avery Lipman, co-president/COO, Stevenson will be responsible for expanding the label’s A&R activities across a range of genres, including pop and rock.

"Rob is a brilliant music executive with a strong track record of success,” said Lipman. “And we are fortunate to have someone of his stature joining Universal Republic as we continue to expand the services we offer our artists.”

Said Stevenson: “The label has a legacy of discovering and developing game-changing new artists, and I hope to continue that for a very long time."

Stevenson began his career in 1993 while working as an assistant account executive for Ogilvy and Mather. He later worked for the A&R department at Mercury Records. As vp of A&R and then department director for Island Records, he was responsible for signing The Killers, Fall Out Boy, The Bravery, Sum 41 and Thrice, among others.

Artists he signed have generated sales of more than 26 million records worldwide, the company said.

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