Universal Music Publishing Group/Nashville Names Kent Earls EVP/GM
January 31, 2012 at 5:53 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP/NASHVILLE EVP/GM PAT HIGDON is exiting from the company after 12 years. UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP/NASHVILLE EVP/GM PAT HIGDON is exiting from the company after 12 years. HIGDON tells ALL ACCESS that he will be taking a break and then announcing his plans for his next business venture in publishing. He can now be reached at email@example.com.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP/NORTH AMERICA Pres. EVAN LAMBERG has announced that KENT EARLS has been promoted to HIGDON’s position.
EARLS will preside over the company's Country music publishing activities, reporting directly to LAMBERG.
"KENT is one of the very best creative executives in NASHVILLE with an exciting vision to grow and diversify our company's presence and appeal. His dedication to, and passion for, our songwriters and their songs is second to none. He has earned this great opportunity to lead UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING NASHVILLE into the future and I look forward to working closely with him in the years to come," said LAMBERG.
"I am eager to lead and grow one of the best songwriting rosters and creative teams in NASHVILLE," said EARLS. "EVAN LAMBERG's enthusiasm and commitment to make UNIVERSAL the most creative and innovative music publishing home is inspiring and motivating. I couldn't be more enthusiastic about building on the great UMPG NASHVILLE legacy, working tirelessly on behalf of our songwriters, and positioning the company for a robust future."
A NASHVILLE native with 20 years of music publishing experience, EARLS has been an instrumental part of the careers of numerous hit songwriters and artists including RIVERS RUTHERFORD, LUKE LAIRD, KATRINA ELAM, ANDREW DORFF and PHILLIP WHITE. He previously served as SVP/Creative for UMPG NASHVILLE and joined the company in 1997 as Assoc. Dir./Creative Services.