Kallman upped at Atlantic

Atlantic Records has rewarded Craig Kallman with the new title of exec veep/office of the chairman, and responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the A&R department.

Kallman, who joined Atlantic in 1991 following the label’s acquisition of his Big Beat Records, which he bowed in 1987, will continue to be involved in a wide array of label ventures.

“Craig has played an increasingly important role in charting our creative course,” Atlantic Group co-chairman Val Azzoli said. “His great success with Big Beat represents only one facet of his contribution to the company.”

During his tenure at Atlantic, Kallman has helped formulate the direction of the label’s urban division and heightened the label’s presence in the soundtrack arena. He previously was senior VP.

“It all starts with the music, and Atlantic has always been first and foremost an artist-driven label run by true music fans,” Kallman said.

At Big Beat, Kallman brought to prominence a number of groundbreaking acts, including Changing Faces, Quad City DJ’s and Lil’ Kim.

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