Jon Simon, Sydney-based VP of new media Asia Pacific Warner Music, passed away Saturday (May 14) from complications during surgery. He was 49.

Jon Simon, Sydney-based VP of new media Asia Pacific Warner Music, passed away Saturday (May 14) from complications during surgery. He was 49.

New York-born Simon joined Warner Music Australia in June 2000 as new media director. His duties expanded to include the Asia Pacific region a year later.

During his tenure, Simon was responsible for developing strategies for Warner Music via its online distribution channels; he also oversaw the development of B2B and B2C websites across 12 territories within the region.

Simon's synch firm Songshop.com was adopted through Warner Music affiliates worldwide.

He is survived by his wife Fiona and three children.

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