Women in Music 2016

New West Records General Manager Exits After 8 Years at the Americana Label: Exclusive

Michael Ruthig gave his notice on Sept. 21.

Michael Ruthig, general manager of Americana label New West Records, is stepping down from his post, Billboard has confirmed. 

The executive gave his notice on Monday, Sept. 21, ending an eight-year run at the company. "I will be setting up my own consulting business working with labels and artists," Ruthig tells Billboard. "I'm glad to have worked at New West for over 8 years and am grateful to [president] George Fontaine, Sr. for all of his support."

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New West is home to such artists as Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Nikki Lane and Ben Folds, whose album So There was released on Sept. 11. 

Ruthig started at the label in 2007 as senior director of marketing. He had previously worked in publicity at EMI Music, Clear Channel Entertainment and Hollywood Records. He plans to remain in L.A. with his family "now that the heart of New West will be in Nashville."

New West was founded in 1997 by Cameron Strang, who currently serves as chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music.