Ex-Def Jam, Rob Stevenson to lead Virgin America

Nick Gatfield, EMI Music’s new President, A&R, North America, UK & Ireland, has appointed Rob Stevenson to a top creative post leading EMI’s Virgin imprint in America. 

As President of Virgin US, Stevenson will report to Gatfield and will be based in New York.  He starts in his new position on August 15. 

Stevenson, formerly Executive Vice President of A&R at Universal’s Island Def Jam, brings a strong track records in signing and breaking new artists as well as digital acumen to the role. 

Most recently, Stevenson was Executive Vice President, A&R at Universal’s Island Def Jam Music Group in the US, where he signed and developed artists that have sold 26 million albums worldwide, such as Fall Out Boy, The Killers, The Bravery, Sum 41, Lady Sovereign, Saliva, Thrice and more.  During this time, he was also President of boutique label Stolen Transmission, his joint venture label imprint with IDJMG.
“I’ve known and worked with Rob for several years during my time at Universal and have great respect his A&R instincts, creativity and business acumen. Rob’s track record speaks for itself:  he’s been responsible for the breakout success of some of the world’s most exciting, original musical artists and I will depend on him to help me transform EMI’s approach to A&R” said Gatfield.  “Rob shares my view that we must be fearless about embracing innovation and that we must work to create true partnership with artists.”
“When Nick offered me the chance to work with him again and to help reinvigorate a top music brand name like EMI, I couldn’t refuse,” said Stevenson.  “I look forward to work with an exciting roster of established stars, and to take on an amazing opportunity to create Virgin as the most exciting place for artists to be.  We’ll smash the model and break the rules and create true partnerships with creative talent.”

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