Word Label Group president Barry Landis and other key executives at the Nashville-based company lost their jobs today (Jan. 4).

Word Label Group president Barry Landis and other key executives at the Nashville-based company lost their jobs today (Jan. 4).

There had been speculation that changes were coming ever since former Provident Label Group chairman Jim Van Hook took the helm of parent Word Entertainment in November. Van Hook succeeded Word Entertainment president/COO Malcolm Mimms, who exited in September when his contract was not renewed.

Among the other Word Label Group staffers who have exited are senior VP of marketing and artist development Mark Lusk, senior director of product marketing Andy Peterson, director of marketing for urban/gospel Roderick Jemison, director of sales Jay Schield and marketing coordinator Monique Valdez.

Landis had been involved with Word and parent Warner Music for 20 years. He became president of Word in 2002.

"All good things come to an end. It's been a wonderful 20-year run, but it's time for me to move on," Landis tells Billboard.biz. "I want to thank all the artists and managers I've worked with over these past 20 years for all the great music. Jim Van Hook believes, and I think rightfully so, that the music company of the future is going to look dramatically different than it does today. Jim has been given the opportunity by Warner Bros. to come to Word and set a new direction. I think we all have to give him time for that plan to take effect."