EMI Music Names Rob Stevenson As Pres./Virgin US
July 30, 2008 at 6:42 AM (PT)
NICK GATFIELD, EMI MUSIC’s new Pres./A&R, NORTH AMERICA, UK & IRELAND, has appointed ROB STEVENSON to a top creative post leading EMI’s VIRGIN imprint in AMERICA. As Pres./Virgin US, STEVENSON will report to GATFIELD and will be based in NEW YORK. He will start AUGUST 15th. Previously, STEVENSON was EVP/A&R at ISLAND DEF JAM.
"I’ve known and worked with ROB for several years during my time at UNIVERSAL and have great respect his A&R instincts, creativity and business acumen. ROB’s track record speaks for itself: he’s been responsible for the breakout success of some of the world’s most exciting, original musical artists and I will depend on him to help me transform EMI’s approach to A&R," said GATFIELD. "ROB shares my view that we must be fearless about embracing innovation and that we must work to create true partnership with artists."
"When NICK offered me the chance to work with him again and to help reinvigorate a top music brand name like EMI, I couldn’t refuse," said STEVENSON. "I look forward to work with an exciting roster of established stars, and to take on an amazing opportunity to create VIRGIN as the most exciting place for artists to be. We’ll smash the model and break the rules and create true partnerships with creative talent."