Longtime exec Karen Conrad exiting.

BMG Songs has promoted Ron Stuve to VP of A&R/GM in the Nashville office. He replaces longtime senior VP Karen Conrad, who is exiting. BMG Songs is expected to announce details of an ongoing relationship with Conrad in the next few days.

In addition to day-to-day operations for the Nashville office, Stuve signs and develops country writers and artists. He joined the company in 1997, rising to his most recent post as VP of the repertoire department. Prior to joining BMG Songs, Stuve was VP of A&R at New Haven Music, which BMG Songs acquired in 1997.

Stuve reports to Los Angeles-based Scott Francis, president of BMG Songs North America, a division of BMG Music Publishing Worldwide.

The Nashville roster includes writers Hugh Prestwood, Bill Luther, Aimee Mayo, Ed Hill, Marcus Hummon and John Hiatt, as well as the catalogs of such writers as Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Ronnie Milsap and Gary Morris.