Kei Ishizaka has been named Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Japan accourding to an announcement by Warner Music Group. Effective Nov. 1, Ishizaka will oversee all aspects of Warner Music Japan's domestic and global repertoire and will report directly to Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific.
Lyor Cohen, Chairman & CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group said in a statement: "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."
Lachie Rutherford in the same release said, "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."
Kei 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."
Kei Ishizaka formerly worked at Universal Music as a Senior Advisor for the company and non-Executive Chairman, Universal Music Japan. He joined the company in 1994 as President, Universal Music Japan rising to President/CEO in 2001 and becoming Chairman and Chief Executive in 2006. Under Kei Ishizaka's leadership, Universal Music LLC (Japan) in 2008 became the market leader for the first time since its formation over 50 years earlier. Ishizaka is a board member of the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) since 1999, becoming Chairman in 2007, and is currently a Senior Advisor. Before working at Universal,, Ishizaka worked for Toshiba-EMI for 26 years. At EMI he rose to Executive Director in 1991, having worked with Pink Floyd and John Lennon and such local stars as BOOWY and Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi. In 2009, the Emperor of Japan awarded him Medal with Purple Ribbon in recognition of his contribution to the record industry.