Sony BMG Music Entertainment Appoints Managing Directors For Key Asian Territories

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Sony BMG Music Entertainment's operation in Asia has appointed managing directors for key Asian territories, all reporting to Richard Denekamp:

* Kelly Chew: managing director, Sony BMG Singapore;

* Colin Currie: managing director, Sony BMG Malaysia;

* Ariel Fung: managing director, Sony BMG Hong Kong;

* Jong Ryool (J.R.) Kim: managing director, Sony BMG Korea;

* Shridhar Subramaniam: managing director, Sony BMG India; and

* Adam Tsuei: managing director, Sony BMG Taiwan.

In addition to his role as MD of Sony BMG Taiwan, Tsuei will supervise the affiliates in China and Hong Kong as senior vice president Sony BMG Greater China region.

"I am confident that as new Sony BMG executives, each of them has the experience, enthusiasm and competence to further strengthen the leadership position that Sony BMG enjoys in all Asian territories, commented Denekamp. "

Chew most recently served as MD for BMG Singapore, a position she has held since March 2001. She started her professional career in the fashion industry as a fashion merchandiser for the Esprit brand. After that she moved into record retailing as music manager for CD Rama and later as general manager for Tower Records in Singapore, where she was responsible for the establishment of the first Music Mega Store in Singapore. Prior to joining BMG, she Chew worked as sales and marketing manager for United International Pictures and was responsible for # 1 box office successes in consecutive years for movies like The Lost World, Mission Impossible 2, The Mummy and Gladiator.

Currie most recently served as MD for Sony Music Malaysia, a position he has held since May 2003. He started his career in the hospitality industry working for the Hilton in the U.K. and the Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. He then worked for Citibank as the card marketing manager. He continued his international career with Ansett Airlines, initially posted in Hong Kong then transferred to Australia as the director of marketing. His last position prior to joining Sony Music was general manager of Brand Strategy & Marketing Communication for Telstra, the leading mobile telecommunication operator in Australia.

Fung most recently served as MD for Sony Music Hong Kong, a position he has held since July 1999. He first joined Sony Music Hong Kong in 1991 as marketing manager. He left Sony Music Hong Kong in March 1997 in the capacity of general manager international repertoire and moved to Sony Music Australia where he was employed as product manager international marketing responsible for the overseas exploitation of Australian artists. In 1999 he moved back to Hong Kong as managing director Sony Music Hong Kong. Prior to joining Sony Music in 1991, he had gained marketing and sales experience working for a variety of trading companies in Hong Kong.

Kim most recently served as MD for BMG Korea, a position he has held since January 1996. He developed his love for music as a DJ and radio producer with MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) back in the early 80's. He even became a singer/songwriter and released two albums. Since multi-platinum success did not come knocking on his door, he moved into the advertising business, working as a senior account executive for Daehong Advertising in association with Saatchi & Saatchi. He developed and implemented advertising campaigns for such brands as Pepsi, Carlsberg, Reynolds and Nabisco. Prior to joining BMG he worked as marketing director for Nabisco and as advertising director for multi media company Nasan Advertising & Business Services Inc.

Subramaniam most recently served as MD for Sony Music India, a position he has held since March 2002. He joined Sony Music India as marketing director in October 1996. He was there from the very beginning, helping implement the business plan for Sony Music India, which started trading in April of 1997. In January of 2002 he was promoted to deputy managing director and took full responsibility as MD in March of that same year. He started his career in 1987 as marketing officer for Titan Watches Limited, one of the many TATA companies. In 1991 he became marketing manager for the Timex brand, where he was responsible for the successful launch of Timex watches in India. Prior to joining Sony Music Subramaniam worked as general manager, marketing, for the international division of the same company based in London.

Tsuei most recently served as senior vice president, Greater China and MD, Sony Music Taiwan, a position he has held since April 2003. He joined Sony Music in 2001 as MD of Sony Music Taiwan. Prior to joining Sony Music, he worked for BMG as managing director, Pan China Region since 1998. He joined BMG Music Taiwan in 1997 as group managing director for Taiwan, following two years as acting managing / marketing director for the Chinese Television Network (Taipei / Taiwan) from 1995 – 1997. — Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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