LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Warner Music’s publishing division Warner Chappell Music announced that Paul Smith has been promoted to the newly-created role of Vice President, A&R and International Songwriters.
In his new gig, Smith will focus on developing and maintaining WCM’s relationships with songwriters on its roster and will look for collaborative opportunities between them and with major recording artists worldwide
Based in London, Smith will report to Mike Smith, WCM’s UK Managing Director as well as Shani Gonzales, WCM’s newly appointed EVP of International A&R.
“The elevation of Paul and creation of ARROW reflect our commitment to finding new ways to better serve our songwriters globally,” says Guy Moot, Co-Chair and CEO, Warner Chappell Music. “We’re invested in promoting outstanding executive talent internally, and Paul is the perfect fit to help us drive our international strategy forward.”
“I’m delighted to take on this pivotal new role at Warner Chappell,” added Paul Smith. “The songwriting business is more global than ever, and the partnerships we’re seeing across cultures are truly inspiring. There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting songwriters and helping them maximize their collaboration opportunities on an international level.”
Smith has been with Warner Chappell since 2016 when he started at the music publisher as a creative manager and eventually creative director. He began his career at the artist management company 365 Artists, representing songwriters and producers responsible for records from Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, Robbie Williams, and Sam Smith.