In the first major appointment at Warner/Chappell Music since the arrival of creative exec Big Jon Platt, Ben Vaughn has been named executive vp of the pubbery’s Nashville operation.
Like Platt, Vaughn joins from EMI Publishing, where he had run the country unit since early 2010. A 10-year EMI vet, he signed such songwriters as Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins.
In June, EMI’s publishing concern was bought for $2.2 billion by an investor consortium led by Sony/ATV (Daily Variety, July 2). Platt, who was the longtime prexy of creative there, ankled the company just prior to the sale, joining Warner/Chappell last month (Daily Variety, Sept. 11).
In announcing Vaughn’s appointment, Platt said, “Ben’s incredible track record of songwriter development speaks for itself. His A&R vision, leadership skills and business instincts have made him one of Nashville’s most dynamic and influential executives. I have worked closely with Ben for years and I’ve no doubt he is the perfect fit for Warner/Chappell and its mission to be the first-choice home for the world’s most extraordinary songwriters.”
Warner/Chappell chairman-CEO Cameron Strang added, “With Ben working with our general manager, Phil May, we will continue to build our ability to provide great services to our songwriters and publishing partners, taking their success to new heights.”
During his lengthy stint at EMI, Vaughn also worked with such well-known Music City writer-performers as Guy Clark, Alan Jackson, Jamey Johnson and Chris Young. He was named general manager of publisher Big Tractor Music at the age of 20, after beginning his music biz career as a Warner/Chappell intern.