Universal Music Group (UMG), today announced the appointment of Calvin Wong to the newly created position of CEO, Southeast Asia & SVP, Asia. Effective immediately, Wong joins UMG with more than 30 years of experience within the Asian music industry.
The appointment comes alongside a strategic expansion of operations and infrastructure within Singapore. The country will become the main headquarters for UMG activity within the region.
“I am thrilled to welcome Calvin to UMG,”
said Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development, Universal Music Group.
“He brings with him unparalleled experience as an executive, marketer and business entrepreneur within the Asian music industry. This will help provide strong leadership and support across each local domestic territory.”
In his new role, Wong will lead UMG’s regional operations across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indochina. He will be supported by executive teams within each territory. Wong will report to Granite and utilise his broad career experience to help manage operations across the entire region.
Calvin Wong said,
“I am delighted to join UMG at such an exciting time for music within the region. Over the past few years, Southeast Asia has undergone a period of huge digital transformation which has fueled market development. This also helped create new commercial partners and creative opportunities for artists from throughout the region.”
Calvin Wong and his team
Wong will be joined in Singapore by a new executive leadership team, consisting of 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), will lead new business and brand partnership efforts in Southeast Asia & Korea. Sarah Ismail, promoted to Marketing Director, Southeast Asia and will lead marketing efforts across the region, will join him.
“These new additions to our senior management team show our ambition to attract new domestic talent, expand the boundaries of commercial success for our recording artists, labels and other businesses within the region and to amplify opportunities for local and international artists to reach new fans around the world.”
In addition, the 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 be based in Hong Kong.
“I am excited to help reinforce UMG’s position as the market leader in talent and business development, digital innovation, partnerships and artist focused services. Where we are now seeing songs from around the world becoming global hits. The opportunity has never been better for Southeast Asian artists to reach new audiences around the world,”
asserted Calvin Wong.