Foster to nurture RCA’s music group

Exec hails from North American unit of parent BMG

Record exec Neil Foster was tapped Wednesday to become executive vice president of the RCA Music Group.

Following in the path of his former boss Bob Jamieson, Foster slides into the post from his previous role as executive veepee of operations for the North American unit of RCA parent BMG.

He’ll work closely with Jamieson overseeing the day-to-day runnings at the group, which includes RCA Records, RCA Nashville and RCA Victor as well as newly created catalog division BMG Heritage, BMG Special Products and BMG Canada.

BMG North America was dismantled earlier this year after Jamison’s move from head of that division to chief exec at RCA Music Group — a shift aimed at giving the exec close control over the creative end of the business. Jamieson’s new appointment followed the departure of RCA Records boss Jack Rovner.

While at BMG North America, Foster oversaw the finance, legal, business affairs, human resources, information technology and production units for the region. Before that, he was general manager of operations at RCA Records. Exec also has worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.

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