Vet fills exec veep post after Sweeney ankles

Ending weeks of speculation, former Crave Records prexy Rick Bisceglia has landed as exec veep of Epic Records Group.

The nod follows Wednesday’s abrupt exit of Ron Sweeney, prexy of urban music for Epic Records Group and rising star in the Sony Music family.

Bisceglia, who launched Crave with Mariah Carey in 1997, will assist ERG chairman Dave Glew on a wide range of strategic and business matters.

He’ll also oversee the promotion departments of Epic, 550 Records and the Work Group, while working closely with the heads of each promo arm. Crave shuttered last month.

“Rick will prove an asset to both (ERG) and our artists by bringing his considerable strategic insight, artists development and credibility to the group,” said Glew.

Sweeney, who had just been given a wider role in the conglom in the wake of Polly Anthony’s ascension to chief of both Epic and 550 Records, has been leading the charge, beefing up the group’s presence in the urban music marketplace.

A Sony statement said Sweeney left to pursue “other interests,” though he will continue to advise the group until a replacement is named.

Sweeney scored a coup two years ago when he signed Boyz II Men’s imprint, Stonecreek Records, into the Sony family after Motown execs — where the group was signed — declined to strike a similar deal with the label’s biggest-selling artist.

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