As forecast by Billboard, Universal Republic Records announced today (August 8) that Rob Stevenson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of A&R. The announcement was made today by Monte Lipman, President & CEO of the company.
Based in New York and reporting to Monte and co-president/COO Avery Lipman, Stevenson will be responsible for expanding the label's A&R activities across a variety of genres, including pop and rock.
"Rob is a brilliant music executive with a strong track record of success," Monte Lipman said in a statement. "And we are fortunate to have someone of his stature joining Universal Republic as we continue to expand the services we offer our artists."
"We are beginning another exciting chapter in our history with Rob's appointment," added Avery Lipman. "The entire Universal Republic family joins us in welcoming him to the team."
"It's a great honor to be working at Universal Republic alongside Monte, Avery, and the entire staff," added Mr. Stevenson. "The label has a legacy of discovering and developing game-changing new artists, and I hope to continue that for a very long time."
Stevenson began his career in 1993 while working as an assistant account executive for Ogilvy and Mather. He later segued into the A&R department at Mercury Records, eventually becoming Vice President of A&R for Island Records in 2002, a post he held until 2006 when he rose to the rank of department director. While at Island, Stevenson was responsible for signing the Killers, Fall Out Boy, the Bravery, Sum 41 and Thrice, among others. In 2008, he was named president of EMI's Virgin Records, U.S.