Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed Declan Morrell to the role of vice president, Creative Affairs.
Executive vice president head of Pop & Rock Music Monti Olson said of the appointment: "Declan Morrell is one of the finest music publishers I have ever known. He is a difference maker and a true music man through and through. I could not be happier that he has joined our team.
Senior vice president co-head of East Coast Operations Jessica Rivera added: "Declan is a creative executive that thrives on forward thinking. His ability to discover new talent and support the creativity of the songwriters is exactly what we represent at UMP. I am proud that he is part of our team.
Morrell will be based on New York and report to Olson.
He was previously a recording engineering and studio management student and was in chart-topping London Records-signed rock act No Sweat before moving into music publishing where he worked for Windswept Pacific, Warner Chappell UK and EMI Music Publishing.
Whilst at EMI in the UK, Morell signed Busted, James Blunt and Take That before moving to its New York HQ.