Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted David Gray to the role of executive vice president/head of West Coast A&R.
Based in Los Angeles, Gray will report to Jody Gerson, UMPG chairman and CEO, and Evan Lamberg, UMPG president, North America. In his expanded role, Gray will lead the A&R team and continue to develop, nurture and sign talent. He will also direct the team’s effort to develop global opportunities for UMPG’s artists and songwriters.
He recently signed multi-platinum artists to UMPG such as Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and Joe Jonas/DNCE.
Gerson commented on the appointment: “David is a dynamic creative executive with stellar ears, great relationships and a real gift for identifying and developing talent. He truly cares about helping our artists and songwriters achieve their greatest potential, and I’m extremely pleased to promote him to this new position."
“David Gray is the consummate A&R Exec and adds tremendous value to our songwriters,” Lamberg added.
“He has proven himself a solid leader and team player for our creative dept. This is a very well-deserved promotion.”
Gray said: “I am very grateful to Jody and to Evan for this new role and the opportunity to continue working closely with our A&R team to nurture and support our amazing artists and writers.”