Chris Palmer Exits Warner Nashville

Warner Bros. Records Nashville GM/senior VP of marketing Chris Palmer is out after nearly 20 years with the label. The move comes on the heels of president Jim Ed Norman's departure last month.

Palmer started in the company's mailroom, eventually working in promotion before heading the Nashville office's progressive music department, which was responsible for marketing Bela Fleck, Fairfield Four, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mark O'Connor and others. Palmer was named senior VP of marketing in the late '90s and moved briefly to Warner's Burbank, Calif., headquarters before returning to Nashville.

The departures of Palmer and Norman mean that the label's Nashville division will now report directly to Burbank-based Warner Bros. chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Nashville staffers were told in a meeting that no more cuts are expected.

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