EMI Music Turkey has recruited Hakan Kursun as managing director, with effect from Jan. 1, 2005.

EMI Music Turkey has recruited Hakan Kursun as managing director, with effect from Jan. 1, 2005.

An established producer, arranger and songwriter in the domestic music market, Kursun will join the company from independent Turkish label Pb Music, where he is currently GM.

Based in Istanbul, Kursun will succeed Ayse Birkan who will exit the company Dec. 31 for unspecified reasons. Birkan joined the company 18 years ago.

“With his strong music background and his skills in A&R we will accelerate our Turkish music business in a market where local repertoire has a 95% share,” comments EMI Music Continental Europe COO Thomas Hedstrom, to whom Kursun will report.