Warner Music promotes Simon Robson into international role
Warner Music Group has named Simon Robson its president, international, recorded music.
Based on London he will oversee operations outside the US and UK – including Australia.
He reports to Max Lousada, global CEO of recorded music.
Robson joined Warner Music Group 20 years ago, first as director of finance for the Asia Pacific region. He went on to hold stints for the major in Japan and Europe.
In 2015 he moved to Hong Kong to take over as president of Warner Music Asia, replacing Australia’s Lachie Rutherford, who had decided to retire.
Robson expanded the company’s footprint in China, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia, and opened a new affiliate in Vietnam.
He launched new labels in the region as Spinnin’ Asia and +809, and worked with Asian superstars Jam Hsiao, JJ Lin, Tia Ray and Twice.
“In most places on the planet, domestic music is increasingly important and influential,” Lousada said, adding that Warner has the power to ignite worldwide careers from most markets.
“Music travels faster and more fluidly than ever. 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.”
Robson added: “Our business is more international than ever, with incredible music coming from all parts of the globe.
“I’m looking forward to helping build our local rosters, foster artistic pollination across territories, and develop long-term, global careers for our artists.”
In September it was revealed that ARIA chief Dan Rosen would replace Niko Nordström as president of Warner Music Australasia after a decade leading the peak body.