Pearl promoted to VP.

Wendy Pearl has been promoted to VP of communications at the Country Music Assn. in Nashville. She previously was senior director of the department.

After stints in publicity and artist development at Sony Music. Asylum Records and cable network TNN, Pearl joined the CMA in 2000 as communications director and was promoted to senior director last year.

Also at the CMA, Athena Patterson has been upped from senior manager to director of creative services, and Scott Stem has been elevated from senior manager to director of media relations. Both Patterson and Stem are part of the CMA's communications department, and report to Pearl.

Patterson joined the CMA in 2001 as manager of creative services and was promoted to senior manager in 2003. Stem joined the CMA in 2002 as senior manager of media relations.