Mike Caren has been promoted to prexy, worldwide A&R at Warner Music Group.
Caren was most recently co-president of Elektra Records and executive vp of A&R at Atlantic Records.
Reporting directly to WMG chairman-CEO of recorded music Lyor Cohen, Caren will provide A&R and artist development leadership for Elektra, Atlantic and Warner Bros. Records and the company’s international affiliates.
He will also launch a new company in association with Atlantic, Artist Partners, which will offer creative services to entrepreneurial talent. WMG offered no further information about the new venture.
Cohen said in a statement, “Mike is an outstanding A&R executive. His unwavering commitment to extraordinary music has resulted in the discovery of many visionary artists, and the achievement of their true potential. He will now bring his rare mix of musical ability, creative instinct and entrepreneurial drive to WMG’s company-wide focus on artist development.”
Caren joined Atlantic in 1995 after working at SRC/Loud and Ruthless Records, working at Craig Kallman’s Big Big imprint. As Atlantic’s A&R topper, he signed such acts as Trey Songz, T.I., Flo Rida and B.o.B.
He added his role atop Elektra in June 2009; during his tenure the company released hit titles by Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green and Ed Sheeran.