Name: Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith
Position: Senior VP of A&R, Universal Motown
After years of a successful career both recording Billboard hits and writing them for other stars, the R&B singer decided to take his talents into the business side of the music industry. On January 24, 2012, it was announced that Ne-Yo would take over at Universal Motown as the Senior VP of A&R at the label.
“Ne-Yo commented on his appointment:
“I’m honored that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it.”
Ne-Yo will serve as a producer and a mentor to the label’s artists and discover new talent to sign to the storied roster.