Warner/Chappel Music announced the promotion of Ben Vaughn to CEO of the company's Nashville division on Wednesday (Jan. 30). He will contiue to serve as president of Warner/Chappell Nashville, a position he's held since 2017.
"In addition to being an A&R force who’s deeply invested in the success of each and every songwriter, [Vaughn is] an innovative, perceptive dealmaker and a staunch advocate for creative rights," said Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper. "Nashville is home to an extraordinary creative community that occupies a central place in the Warner/Chappell culture, and Ben’s richly deserved promotion recognizes both his outstanding accomplishments and his vision for the future."
Vaughn will report to Warner/Chappell Music's incoming co-chair & CEO Guy Moot and the company’s co-chair and COO, Carianne Marshall.
“The Nashville songwriting community is like none other in the world, and over the course of his 25 year career, Ben has played a pivotal role in making it the amazing place that it is today,” added Marshall. "From young, next generation songwriters to award-winning superstars, Ben’s instincts and expertise have made Warner/Chappell Nashville the definitive destination for incredible game-changing talent."
Vaughn improved artist development pursuing deals for talent including Grammy-nominated Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay and Midland. He also helped Nashiville songwriters achieve genre-crossing success like Nicolle Galyon, Emily Weisband, and Amy Wadge on Camila Cabello’s “Consequences” and Josh Miller on Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be”
"When I think about how I got here, it’s surreal how many brilliant people have invited me to be part of their story," said Vaughn. "As Nashville continues to evolve, I’m excited to keep pushing forward and to support the phenomenal talent coming out of this city. Music publishing is team ball and we have the best team in the business -- with the passion, drive and ambition to help our songwriters create hits on the world’s stage."