AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN, KAZU KOIKE IS APPOINTED PRESIDENT/CEO; CHAIRMAN KEI ISHIZAKA RENEWS CONTRACT
TOKYO, JP, July 1, 2009 – Kazu Koike, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music LLC (Japan), has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, effective from Nov. 1, 2009.
Concurrently, Kei Ishizaka, Chairman and Chief Executive of Universal Music LLC (Japan), has renewed his contract with the company, to continue a successful association which has lasted for the past 15 years.
The announcements were made today by Max Hole, Executive Vice President, and President, Asia-Pacific Region, Universal Music Group International. Ishizaka reports to Hole, as will Koike in his new post.
Under Kei Ishizaka’s leadership, Universal Music LLC made history in 2008 by becoming market leader for the first time since its formation more than 50 years ago.
Effective from Nov. 1, Ishizaka will become non-Executive Chairman of Universal Music LLC. In that capacity, he will continue as Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Japan, while also continuing to play a key role in the A&R strategies of Universal Music LLC and other facets of its business.
Max Hole commented, “Kei Ishizaka has led Universal Music in Japan to historic new heights in the past eight years. I’m delighted that he has agreed to renew his association with the company, continuing to give us the benefit of his wisdom, experience and A&R vision.”
Hole continued, “In addition, we have in Kazu Koike one of Japan’s most successful executives. It’s enormously gratifying that we can promote from within our ranks, with another great music man for the exciting next phase in the development of our business.”
Kazu Koike said, “Universal Music Japan has become the music industry leader thanks to the vision and determination of Kei Ishizaka, who has reshaped the way we do business and strengthened our A&R depth and diversity. I plan to build on that success through great music and innovative business models, to suit a rapidly changing market.”
Kei Ishizaka commented, “I am very proud to have shaped the winning culture at Universal Music Japan since 1994, and to have steered our company to leadership of the Japanese music industry. This would not have been possible without my extraordinary colleagues and the strong support of Max Hole. I’m delighted to continue my association with this most exciting company.”
Kazu Koike joined Universal Music Japan (then PolyGram K.K.) in 1977, developing its successful international repertoire business before widening his scope with domestic artists, including the establishment of Def Jam Japan. He was promoted to President/COO in January 2007, with overall responsibility for the entire A&R, publicity and marketing activities of the company’s eight music labels.
Kei Ishizaka was appointed President of Universal Music Japan (then PolyGram K.K.) in 1994, after 26 successful years at Toshiba EMI. He became Chairman and Chief Executive in 2006, after five years as President/CEO, and his A&R strategies and pro-active management reforms helped grow the company to its historic market leadership last year.
About Universal Music Group
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.