Warner Bros. Nashville President Jim Ed Norman has exited the company he joined 21 years ago, a company spokesperson confirmed Monday (June 14). Instrumental in the careers of Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt and Randy Travis, he was the longest-tenured head of a major record label in Nashville. Norman began his career in the early ’70s as keyboardist in Shiloh, a band that included drummer Don Henley and guitarist Richard Bowden. Norman joined Warner Bros. in 1983 as vice president of A&R. He assumed the label’s reigns a year later after industry veteran Jimmy Bowen moved to MCA Records. Norman’s departure comes after the Warner Music Group — Warner Bros. Nashville’s parent company — initiated a 20-percent reduction of its global work force in March 2004 following Time Warner’s sale of the music operation to Edgar Bronfman Jr. for $2.6 billion.