SINGAPORE (CelebrityAccess) — Universal Music Group announced it is expanding its operations in Southeast Asia and has appointed industry veteran Calvin Wong to helm the newly expanded division.
Wong will be based in UMG’s new Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore and will have oversight of UMG’s regional operations across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indochina. He will report to Adam Granite, UMG’s Executive Vice President, Market Development.
With more than three decades of experience in the music industry, Wong joins UMG from Warner Music Group, where he most recently held the position of President, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong & Korea, and EVP, Marketing.
Prior to joining Warner Music in 1998, Calvin held several regional posts at EMI.
In addition to Wong, UMG expanded their executive leadership team in the region with Elvin Eng (CFO, Southeast Asia & Korea) who will oversee the finance operations and strategy for Southeast Asian markets and Korea; Gus Henderson (Head of New Business and Brands, Southeast Asia and Korea), who will lead new business and brand partnership efforts in Southeast Asia & Korea and Sarah Ismail, who is promoted to Marketing Director, Southeast Asia and will lead marketing efforts across Southeast Asia. Eng, Henderson and Ismail will relocate from UMG’s Hong Kong office.
In addition, Daniel Haugen returns to UMG as VP, Business Development and Digital, having previously worked for Universal Music Norway as Director, Global Digital Business Development and Strategy. Aerae Eun has been appointed as HR Director, Southeast Asia & Korea and joins UMG from global technology company Criteo. An experienced HR executive within the region, Eun previously worked at Adidas.
The newly formed Singapore team will work closely with Patsy Chan, Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Ang Kwee Tiang (KT Ang), SVP, Asia Public Policy, who will both remain based in Hong Kong, UMG said.
This significant expansion of UMG’s A&R, commercial and marketing capabilities are aimed at capturing a share of the increasingly important music markets in Southeast Asia.