Lyric Street exec will report to David Agnew.

Burbank, Calif.-based Disney Music Publishing is opening a Nashville office this month. Doug Howard, the senior VP of A&R at Lyric Street Records, has been named senior VP/GM of the Nashville publishing operation.

Howard will retain his A&R duties at the label. His duties at the publishing company will include talent and catalog acquisition. Additional publishing staff announcements are expected shortly.

In his new role, Howard reports to David Agnew, executive VP/GM of parent company the Buena Vista Music Group.

Howard joined Lyric Street at its launch in 1997. Prior to that, he was VP/GM of Polygram International Music Publishing Nashville. He is also the president of the Nashville chapter of NARAS.