Filling a vacuum at the top of one of music publishing’s biggest firms, Evan Lamberg has been promoted to president of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America.

Lamberg was previously exec VP of creative for UMPG, East Coast. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s North American operations, including its pop, urban, country, Latin, Christian/gospel and Canadian divisions.

Move installs a new topper at the pubbery, which has lacked a leader since former UMPG chairman-CEO David Renzer ankled the company in April. Renzer, who spent 15 years with the publishing unit, held the title of UMPG president through 2004.

Lamberg will be based in UMG’s Santa Monica office and report jointly to Universal Music Group president-chief operating officer Zach Horowitz and UMG chairman-CEO Lucian Grainge.

As a creative exec at UMPG, Lamberg has signed or worked with such top songwriters and acts as Justin Bieber, Owl City, Desmond Child, Sean Garrett and Jackie Evancho. He also inked a joint venture publishing agreement with Lady Gaga’s creative team of Troy Carter and Vincent Herbert.

Before joining UMPG, Lamberg was at EMI Music Publishing, where he rose to exec VP of creative, North America, and at Gibson Guitar, where he was exec VP of operations.

Horowitz said in a statement: “Evan’s stellar track record for discovering, signing and nurturing the very best songwriting talent, combined with his managerial, organizational and business skills, makes him the ideal choice to build on UMPG’s market leading position and to take our North American operations to the next level.”

UMPG also announced the creation of a global board “to further maximize opportunities for UMPG talent and business partners on a worldwide basis.”

The global board includes Lamberg, Paul Connolly (president, U.K. and Europe), Eddie Fernandez (senior VP, Latin America), Andrew Jenkins (exec VP, Asia Pacific/industry affairs), Gary Gross (worldwide prexy, Universal Publishing Production Music) and Michael J. Sammis (exec VP, operations, and worldwide chief financial officer).