Warner Music taps Cavallo

Exec named chief creative officer

Warner Music Group has tapped producer Rob Cavallo as chief creative officer.

Cavallo, most recently a free agent, began his label career at Warner Bros. Records as an A&R rep in 1987, rising to senior VP of A&R in 1994, and helmed some of his biggest hits for Warner labels. He will now work for the company exclusively as a producer and A&R exec in the newly created post.

The multiple Grammy winner is best known for his work with San Francisco Bay area multiplatinum pop-punk trio Green Day, which he signed to WMG’s Reprise imprint in 1993. He worked on seven of the act’s albums.

Winner of the 1999 producer of the year Grammy, he also was acknowledged by the Recording Academy for his work on Green Day’s “American Idiot,” best rock album winner in 2004, and group’s 2005 record of the year winner “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

His recent freelance productions include Paramore’s Fueled by Ramen album “Brand New Eyes,” which entered the U.S. album chart at No. 2 this week, and the Dave Matthews Band’s RCA release “Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King,” which he brought to WMG for international distribution.

Cavallo’s soundtrack hits include Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited” (winner of two Grammys) and the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” from pic “City of Angels,” and Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” (honored with Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe awards) from Disney’s “Tarzan.”

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