Universal Music Korea has appointed Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as managing director, effective Jan. 1. He will be based in Seoul and report to Max Hole, president, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and executive VP, UMG International.

Yang was previously CEO of AirCROSS, the mobile advertising subsidiary of telco SK Telecom, and also served as general manager in Korea of global advertising agency McCann Ericsson. He will oversee operations at Universal Music Korea as well as heading up all marketing strategies and new digital directives.

Max Hole said in a statement: "BJ's background makes him ideally suited for the challenges of today's music business, combining previous experience of the industry with significant credentials in the telco and advertising sectors. Considering that these are playing an increasingly vital role in the new industry landscape, we are perfectly positioned for growth and success in Korea with BJ at the helm."

The company has been led by interim managing director Phil Murpy for the past six months. He will continue to work there during the transition period.

A Universal statement praised the "excellent progress" made by Murphy, claiming the Korean operation moved from second to first place for physical sales of international music.