Kei Ishizaka Named Chairman/CEO Of Warner Music Japan
October 28, 2011 at 3:59 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC GROUP has named KEI ISHIZAKA as Chairman/CEO of WARNER MUSIC JAPAN. ISHIZAKA will spearhead the development of all aspects of WARNER MUSIC JAPAN's activities across domestic and global repertoire.
WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC Pres. LACHIE RUTHERFORD said, "One of this industry's most accomplished executives, KEI ISHIZAKA continues to help define modern Japanese music. His unique combination of creative instinct, business acumen and operational experience makes him a world-class partner for our artists and leader for our team. With KEI at the helm, WARNER MUSIC JAPAN will aggressively extend its A&R activities and move into the next exciting phase of its evolution."
WMG Chairman/CEO LYOR COHEN added, "KEI ISHIZAKA is a great music man from one of the world's most vibrant and important music cultures. He has a deep understanding of Japanese music, an industry-leading track record and a career-long commitment to artist development. These attributes will see KEI contribute much to the continued success of our core mission: signing and nurturing extraordinary artists."
ISHIZAKA said, "I have always been impressed by WARNER MUSIC's energetic artist-centric approach and I am looking forward to working with LACHIE RUTHERFORD, LYOR COHEN and the rest of the talented team. We have a shared vision of how a truly progressive music company must serve its artists. I plan to lead WARNER MUSIC JAPAN in building its digital leadership and reinforcing its reputation as a super cool home for outstanding artists who make spectacular music."