Island Records has promoted label veteran Eric Wong to executive vice president / general manager. Wong, a longtime presence at the now-former Island Def Jam Music Group, has been tasked by president David Massey to oversee all operations of the label.
Until very recently Wong served as executive vice president of marketing at IDJ, where he created and developed strategies for Kanye West, Rihanna, Avicii and Bon Jovi, among others. He joined IDJ in 1999 and worked with a range of artists including The Killers and Fall Out Boy. He left in 2006 to juggle executive marketing positions at both Bad Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records, where he helped guide the careers of Jay Z, Janelle Monae and others. In 2009 Wong formed Wong Management, serving as part of Mariah Carey’s team, before returning to IDJ in 2011.
“Eric’s well-grounded successes in marketing and artist management made him the perfect choice for this position at the new Island Records,” said Massey in a press release on Monday. “Having worked closely with him for the past four years, Eric’s imagination, creativity and passion, as well as his warmth inspires our artists and staff. I look forward to the strength and resolve that we know Eric will bring to his important new post.”
The “new Island” refers to the breakup of the Island Def Jam Music Group by parent company Universal Music Group this year. In April it was announced that UMG would be reorganizing Island, Def Jam and Motown as separate labels.
Island’s roster of active artists includes Bon Jovi, Neon Trees, American Authors, Jake Bugg, Fall Out Boy, Nikki Williams, The Gaslight Anthem and Snow Patrol, among others.
“This is one of the most exciting times in the great history of Island Records,” said Wong. “I could not be more proud of the confidence that David Massey has in me. With an artist roster that is second to none in the record industry, we are standing on the threshold of a new era, as Island enters this next amazing chapter of its existence.”