The A&R veteran will start on January 1 and be based in Hollywood. Vaughn reports to Capitol Music Group chairman and CEO Steve Barnett.
“I’m thrilled that Jeff is joining our team as president of Capitol Records,” said Barnett. “He has forged strong relationships within the artist community and has proven time and time again that he knows how to work with talent to create hit records that impact our culture in a big way. He is a tremendous addition to our CMG team and I know that everyone in the company joins me in welcoming Jeff to the Tower.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Jeff Vaughn to the Capitol Tower and the UMG family. With Jeff’s strong A&R track record, he has a unique opportunity to build upon Capitol’s reinvigoration that we’ve seen over the past several years.”
I am driven by an intense devotion to artists and songs that defy expectation
Vaughn added: “I want to thank Steve and Lucian for giving me the opportunity to shape the future of such an iconic label. As an A&R executive, I am driven by an intense devotion to artists and songs that defy expectation and challenge us to think differently. I could not be more excited to champion this perspective in my new role at Capitol.”
Vaughn was previously VP of A&R at Artist Partner Group (APG) and Artist Publishing Group, a division of Atlantic. He joined the company at launch in 2013.
He was responsible for developing acts including Kehlani, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Lil Skies and Kevin Gates.
Capitol is currently enjoying success with UK singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi.