WB Records ups Merlis to sr. VP

Bob Merlis was promoted yesterday to senior VP/director of media relations for Warner Bros. Records. Announcement was made by company chairman Mo Ostin.

Merlis will continue to direct publicity for Warner Bros./Reprise Records publicity operations in Burbank and N.Y., and also will take a larger role in company’s corporate relations and overall media profile.

“Bob Merlis is the most respected spokesman and media strategist in the industry,” said Ostin. “In a very real way, he is Warner Bros. Records to the members of the press community.”

Merlis began his music industry career in 1969 at Record World magazine, serving as assistant editor. He became press rep for WB Records in New York in 1971.

He moved to RCA Records for a stint in A&R, then rejoined WB as senior press rep. He was named director of publicity in ’75 and in ’82 upped to VP/director of publicity.

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