Sony Music is strengthening its activities across Australia and Asia with a string of executive promotions.
Wayne Ringrow becomes head of the Australian artists marketing division in the position of senior director, Australian artists marketing. He reports to Denis Handlin, Sony Music’s chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand and president, Asia. Ringrow will be responsible for directing the marketing of Sony Music’s local artists, and he oversees the music major’s in-house studio in Sydney. During his career, Ringrow has served in various posts including sales representative, promotions manager, director marketing and head of sales, and he celebrates his 20th year at Sony Music this month.
Tim Pithouse rises to senior director, marketing & artist development, reporting to Handlin. Pithouse will be tasked with driving international artists marketing and maximising the success of track priorities and frontline releases. He will continue to work closely with the A&R division to discover and develop new local artists and manage the international Sony Music affiliate releases of Australian artists. Pithouse joined Sony Music in 2006 and has held the roles of account manager, digital services; director, digital services & marketing; and director, marketing & artist development, his most recent role.
Meawhile, Dan Nitschke, Sony Music Australia’s director, content integration, adds duties for directing the advertising and media buying strategy of the company. Nitschke reports to Handlin on advertising and he will continue to report to Gavin Parry, head of digital and business development Australia and Asia, for business development and licensing. A former exec with WIN Corporation and Southern Cross Austereo, Nitschke joined Sony Music as director, content integration in April 2013.
Andrew Smith who has headed finance and operations since 2010 in the region, has his title revised to executive VP and CFO, Asia Pacific, to fully relect the scope of his role. Smith, with over 26 years’ experience in the record industry, will continue to be based in Sydney to oversee finance and operations for Australia, NZ and Asia and reports to Handlin.
Ariel Fung, in addition to his current roles as managing director Hong Kong and deputy MD Greater China, will now take on responsible for directing the marketing of Sony Music’s international and regional artists in Asia, with duties as executive VP, marketing, Asia.
Fung, who has more than 24 years’ service with the company, reports to Handlin for his Asia marketing responsibilities and continues to report to Tim Xu, CEO Greater China, on his Greater China and Hong Kong duties. Fung’s appointment follows news of Tim Kelly’s amicable departure from the company to pursue other interests.
Also, Roslyn Pineda, until recently senior marketing director, has been promoted to VP, marketing, Asia, reporting to Fung and continues to be based in the Sony Music Hong Kong regional office.
Pineda’s responsibilities are expanded in planning and implementing marketing initiatives and campaigns for both frontline and catalog releases. In 2001, she joined Sony Music Philippines as marketing manager. In 2006, she was promoted to the ARO marketing team in Hong Kong taking up the position of marketing director and was promoted to senior marketing director in 2011, her most recent post.
And finally, Jay Jung has been appointed as managing director, South Korea. Jung’s CV is stacked with experience in both record labels and music retail, having worked in the Korean music industry since 1989. Jung has served as senior marketing manager at Warner Music and senior marketing director at Universal Music in Korea, and guided the career of award-winning Korean artist duo MOT.
The appointments were shared on Tuesday by Handlin, the Sydney-based music biz legend who oversees Sony Music’s businesses empire across the region. Handlin, recognized in Billboard’s inaugural International Power Players list, is also the long-serving chairman of Australian trade body ARIA, and last year he celebrated his 30th year as leader of Sony Music’s Australian company. It’s been 45 years since he joined Sony Music, in 1970.