Rick Krim

Rick Krim

Republic Records has hired VH1 veteran Rick Krim for the newly created position of executive vice president of artist development. Krim's prime objective in his new role will be to uncover "diverse and untrodden avenues" to break the label's emerging artists, the company said. He'll report directly to Republic co-founders Monte and Avery Lipman, who announced the hire on Friday (Sept. 12).

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"Rick's passion for music and devotion to the artist community has always been his greatest trademark," said Monte Lipman. "His illustrious career supporting the development process of many of today’s biggest artists, has earned him the respect of the entire music community."

Krim will also report to Republic EVP Charlie Walk.

From 2001 until this year, Krim worked at VH1 where he spearheaded the network's talent and music programming. Prior, he held senior positions at EMI Publishing where signed and helped break alt-rock acts including Goo Goo Dolls, Good Charlotte and Train.

Republic's roster includes established artists like Ariana Grande and the newly-signed Nickelback, as well as rising acts Angel Haze, The Chainsmokers and The Naked and Famous, among others.