WMG Japan Changes Executive Hierarchy
March 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC GROUP (WMG) has appointed KAZUYUKI (KAZ) KOBAYASHI as CEO and SHUJI UTSUMI as COO, WARNER MUSIC JAPAN. KOBAYASHI previously was a Corporate Exec at SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN. UTSUMI comes from gaming development company Q ENTERTAINMENT. The both start APRIL 1st.
“I am thrilled to welcome KAZ and SHUJI to WARNER MUSIC," WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC Pres. LACHIE RUTHERFORD said. "They are both pioneering executives with exemplary track records and a wealth of entertainment experience. KAZ is one of JAPAN’s leading music professionals whose unrivalled A&R and marketing expertise has guided the careers of huge Japanese artists and global superstars. SHUJI’s many business successes can be attributed to his sharp entrepreneurial instincts, strong operational knowledge and deep understanding of the wider opportunities to monetize music. I am confident that their combined skills, vision and commitment to innovation will ensure that we continue to offer the best home for extraordinary talent in JAPAN.”
"Our new Japanese leadership team has the transformative skill-set needed to navigate the challenges and to capitalize on the myriad opportunities that lie ahead in JAPAN," WARNER RECORDED MUSIC Pres./International STU BERGEN said. "KAZ's creative vision and SHUJI's consumer-focused expertise will add new levels of dynamism and innovation as we break extraordinary talent, forge new commercial models for the industry and deliver unique opportunities for our artists."
“I look forward to working with LACHIE, STU and SHUJI. It is a privilege to represent such strong repertoire and to lead an immensely talented team of people who are focused on the future of WARNER’s artists,” said KAZ KOBAYASHI. “I am passionate about signing and developing the very best local acts and excited to have the opportunity to create an environment that will enable their careers to flourish.”
“There are an increasing number of ways for fans to connect and engage with music which provide scope to expand the tools and expertise offered to artists," SHUJI USUMI added, I look forward to working with KAZ to explore new business models to ensure WARNER MUSIC remains an industry leader across all areas of the organization.”