UNIVERSAL MUSIC SOUTH EAST ASIA STRENGTHENS DIGITAL OPERATIONS
Four Regional Digital Heads Appointed
Hong Kong, June 30, 2009 – Four new key appointments have been made to bolster Universal Music South East Asia’s Digital and Business Development operations, as part of the company’s progressive growth strategy across a 10-country region. The announcement was made today by Sandy Monteiro, VP of Digital, UMSEA.
With immediate effect, UMSEA’s four new regional Heads of Digital and Business Development are:
* Loo Yew Ming for the ASEAN region, based in Kuala Lumpur and travelling across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Since June 2006, Yew Ming was the Director of Digital for UMSEA (excluding China);
* Andrew Chan for Greater China, based in Beijing and travelling across Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan. Andrew was the former-CEO of Golden Dynamic, the main tech provider of Universal Music’s services in South East Asia;
* Ashish Joshi for Greater India, based in Mumbai and responsible for Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as the promoting the company’s Indian repertoire globally. Ashish was previously the General Manager of Hungama Mobile, the world’s largest aggregator, publisher and distributor of South-Asian entertainment content;
* Jason Roh for Korea, based in Seoul. Jason comes from a subsidiary of Seoul’s SK Telecom, where he was a dynamic digital executive.
The four Heads of Digital and Business Development for UMSEA will report to Monteiro structurally, and to their territorial heads operationally.
Sandy Monteiro said: “With our four new Digital Heads, we’re excited about even further growth expected for new music services, about strategic partnerships, innovative antipiracy initiatives, and developing more commercial relationships with a variety of business partners across the region.”
Rob Wells, SVP of Digital, Universal Music Group International, added: “The strengthening of the core Digital structure in South-East Asia signifies the importance of this business in this fast-moving, highly advanced region. Andrew, Ashish, Jason and Yew Ming are all extremely talented and highly charged individuals and I look forward to seeing them achieve great things.”
During the past few years, UMSEA has seen consistent high growth in the digital sphere. Highlights include the markets of China and Korea, which have already breached a 50:50 digital-to-physical sales ratio. Most recently, Universal Music partnered with SingTel, Singapore’s largest telco, to launch AMPed, a new interactive music service for its 1.3 million 3G subscribers.
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