Rob Stevenson, most recently president of Virgin Records U.S., has returned to his longtime home, Universal Music Group, as exec VP of A&R at Universal Republic Records.
Based in New York and charged with expanding the label’s A&R activities, Stevenson will report to Universal Republic prexy-CEO Monte Lipman and co-president/chief operating officer Avery Lipman.
A&R-intensive move is the latest under recently installed Universal Motown Republic chairman-CEO Barry Weiss, whose roots lie in talent development.
Before joining Virgin in 2010, Stevenson was VP of A&R at UMG’s Island Records, where he signed top acts including the Killers, Fall Out Boy, the Bravery, Sum 41 and Thrice. He previously was an A&R exec at Mercury Records.
Lipman said in a statement, “Rob is a brilliant music executive with a strong track record of success. And we are fortunate to have someone of his stature joining Universal Republic as we continue to expand the services we offer our artists.”