Amanda Ghost named new Epic president

Songwriter previously ran Plan A Records

Amanda Ghost is the new president of Epic Records. She'll join the label on Feb. 16 and fill the opening made when Charlie Walk left in December 2008.

Ghost is a Grammy-nominated songwriter and a performer; she's worked with Beyonce, James Blunt, Jordin Sparks, Kanye West, Shakira and Jay-Z. She released her debut "Ghost Stories" on Warner Bros. in 2000, as well as other records in the U.K. on her own label, Plan A Records. Additionally, Ghost started a music production company and publishing label.

"I am delighted that Amanda has chosen to bring her creative vision and flair to the Epic label," said Columbia/Epic Label Group chairman Rob Stringer. "In the changing environment of the music business, record labels undoubtedly need to be complete partners with the artistic community, and Amanda will be the perfect executive to meet that challenge."

"I'm very excited to be working with Rob Stringer and joining a label as iconic as Epic," Ghost said. "Epic historically has stood for pop music in as broad and exciting a sense as possible."