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“The label has a legacy of discovering and developing game-changing new artists, and I hope to continue that for a very long time."
—-Rob Stevenson, Universal Republic

STEVENSON TAKES A&R EXPERTISE TO UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC

Veteran Talent Exec Named EVP by Monte Lipman

 Rob Stevenson is back… and the Lipmans have him.

The veteran talent exec, whose signings include The Killers and Fall Out Boy while at Island, has been named EVP A&R for Universal Republic by label President/CEO Monte Lipman.

The N.Y.-based Stevenson will report to both Monte and Co-President/COO Avery Lipman, responsible for expanding the label’s A&R activities across a variety of genres, including pop and rock.

"Rob is a brilliant music executive with a strong track record of success,” stated Monte. “And we are fortunate to have someone of his stature joining Universal Republic as we continue to expand the services we offer our artists. And he’s a huge Chumbawamba fan.”

"We are beginning another exciting chapter in our history with Rob’s appointment,” added Avery. “The entire Universal Republic family joins us in welcoming him to the team. But he’s not sitting at my desk.”

"It's a great honor to be working at Universal Republic alongside Monte, Avery, and the entire staff,” added Stevenson. “The label has a legacy of discovering and developing game-changing new artists, and I hope to continue that for a very long time, as I look for the next Eiffel 65."

The movie is part of Lucian Grainge's long-term plan of rebuilding UMG's talent evaluation and his labels' artist rosters.

Stevenson began his career in 1993 while working as an assistant account executive for the ad agency Ogilvy and Mather. He later segued into the A&R department at Mercury Records, eventually becoming VP A&R for Island Records in 2002, a post he held until 2006 when he rose to the rank of department director. While at Island, Stevenson was responsible for signing such multi-platinum selling, critically acclaimed artists as The Killers, Fall Out Boy, The Bravery, Sum 41 and Thrice, among many others. Artists he has signed have generated sales of over 26 million records worldwide. In 2008, he was named president of EMI's Virgin Records U.S.

Stevenson has also earned numerous accolades for his work, with Entertainment Weekly dubbing him the "Must A&R Guy" on the Must List 2006, while New York magazine bestowed "The Industry Award" upon Stevenson as part of their 2005 New York magazine Pop Culture Awards.

 

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