Congrats to our old pal Mike Rittberg -- whom we first met when he worked with Cheryl Valentine at Metal Blade way back in the day -- on his new gig at Verve Music Group. He'll be working with David Foster and Robert Smith as VP of Artist Development and Promotion at the label, he confirmed to us in a phone call this evening.

Most recently mike was SVP of promotion at Warner Bros. but left the company along with many others in September.

He's already in the UMG email system: You can reach him at [email protected]