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ROBSON TAKES REINS FOR WMG INT'L

Warner Music Asia President Simon Robson has been upped to President, International, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, responsible for overseeing the company’s operations outside the U.S. and U.K.

Based in London, Robson will report to WMG Global CEO of Recorded Music Max Lousada. He will also work closely with Recorded Music President and Chief Marketing Officer Eric Wong and Maria Weaver, the recently appointed President of WEA. 

“Simon’s worldwide perspective and dynamic expertise will be invaluable as we invest in our global growth, accelerate our drive into emerging markets and build a ‘one Warner’ platform for talent,” Lousda said. “He has an impressive track record of curating a roster of local artists with global potential, cultivating new audiences for our worldwide superstars and fostering a culture of collaboration, openness and creativity.” 

Robson, President of Warner Music Asia since 2015, has been with Warner for more than two decades. He spearheaded Warner’s pivot to a digital-first business model in Asia while helping oversee the launch of new labels in the region, including Spinnin’ Asia and Japanese urban label +809.

He began his career at Warner Music in 1998, starting out as Director of Finance for the company’s Asia Pacific region. Following a stint at Warner Music Japan, in 2004 he became VP of Operations and Finance for Europe. Robson was appointed COO and CFO of Warner Music U.K. in 2007, occupying that role for more than seven years before heading to Hong Kong in 2015 to head up Warner Music Asia.  

Robson has worked closely with many of Asia’s leading superstars—Jam Hsiao, JJ Lin, Tia Ray and TWICE—and recruited a diverse generation of senior executives.

“I’m looking forward to helping build our local rosters, foster artistic pollination across territories and develop long-term, global careers for our artists,” Robson said. “The paths to international success are multiplying rapidly, and it’ll be fantastic to work with Warner’s talented leadership around the world.”

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