(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Ron Stuve has been promoted to vice president, A&R and general manager, Nashville at BMG Songs. BMG Songs is the North American division of BMG Music Publishing Worldwide. He will oversee the day-to-day music publishing operations of the company. He will also be responsible for the signing and development of country music writers and artists to BMG Songs/Nashville.
Stuve replaces Karen Conrad (senior vice president, Nashville), who has left the company to pursue other interests. A future arrangement between Conrad and BMG Songs will be announced shortly.
Stuve joined BMG in 1997 and most recently held the post of vice president, Repertoire Department in the Nashville office. A seasoned creative executive, Stuve is responsible for placing some of the biggest recent country hits including "God's Will" and "This One's For The Girls" for Martina McBride and "19 Somethin'" for Mark Wills. His writer/producer signings include Chris Lindsey (Chris Cagle, Martina McBride, Lonestar). Prior to joining BMG, Stuve was vice president of AMR/New Haven Music, which was acquired by BMG in 1997.
"Ron is an innovator and, coupled with his love of music and songwriters, will help us reach new heights in country music publishing," said Scott Francis, president, BMG Songs North America. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen