BMG Japan unit folded into Sony BMG Asia.

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has revamped the executive line-up at its Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan.

With effect from May 25, BMG Japan will be headed by the dual management team of Shigenobu Karube and Daniel DiCicco, who will serve as acting co-general managers, reporting to Hong Kong-based Sony BMG Music Entertainment Asia president/COO Kelvin Wadsworth. Wadsworth will also serve as acting president of BMG Japan.

Karube and DiCicco replace outgoing BMG Japan president/CEO Hidehiko Tashiro, who retired on March 31. Sony BMG Music Entertainment chief marketing officer/executive VP Tim Prescott has been overseeing BMG Japan's operations until now.

Karube joined BMG Japan from Universal Music in October 2003 and was appointed head of A&R at the label in 2005. His new title is executive VP, A&R, and head of the domestic artists division.

DiCicco, previously senior VP for global marketing, Asia, at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, will serve as executive VP in charge of the international division and digital business.

The restructuring will also see executive director of international labels Yoshi Terashima leave the company, according to a source close to BMG Japan.

The source also says the label will soon name a new chief financial officer, a position that is currently vacant.

"BMG Japan has for many years shown great potential, and I believe that with this new management team in place and with our great release schedule -- domestic and international - we have created the foundation for ongoing success," says Prescott.

Despite the Sony BMG merger in the rest of the world, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) -- the territory's biggest label -- and BMG Japan remain separate entities.

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