BEOM-JOON YANG NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR, UNIVERSAL MUSIC KOREA
SEOUL, December 5, 2008 – Beom-Joon (BJ) Yang has been named Managing Director of Universal Music Korea, effective from January 1, 2009. The appointment was announced today by Max Hole, President, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group International (UMGI), to whom he will report. Yang will lead and oversee all aspects of Universal Music Korea’s daily operations, as well as head all marketing strategies and new digital directives. His diverse experience in the new media and domestic “K-pop” industries will prove invaluable in positioning Universal Music Korea as a major force in local, international, pop and classical music. The appointment will build on the excellent progress made by Universal Music Korea, led by Interim MD Phil Murphy, over the past six months, during which the company jumped from second to first place for physical sales of international music. Murphy will continue to work through the transition period over the next few weeks, until Yang joins the office, headquartered in Seoul. Educated at Chung-ang University in Korea, Birmingham University and the London School of Economics, Yang comes to Universal Music Korea with more than 10 years’ senior management and media industry experience. This includes his recent tenure as CEO of AirCROSS, the mobile advertising subsidiary of SK Telecom, Korea’s leading telco, and as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Korea, where he drove its strategies in domestic and digital music. Yang has also served as General Manager in Korea of global advertising agency McCann Ericsson. Max Hole said, “BJ’s background makes him ideally suited for the challenges of today’s music business, combining previous experience of the industry with significant credentials in the telco and advertising sectors. Considering that these are playing an increasingly vital role in the new industry landscape, we are perfectly positioned for growth and success in Korea with BJ at the helm.” BJ Yang commented, “I believe it’s a significant time for the music industry to leap forward to a new future, with innovative ideas for endless opportunities, away from a familiar past. I am extremely excited and honoured to take up the challenge to create new history for Universal Music Korea.”
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Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino, Universal Records South, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; Twenty–First Artists, its full service management division; and Helter Skelter, its live music agency. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.