Eric Wong Promoted to EVP/GM at Island Records
The veteran Island Def Jam EVP Marketing has been with the label since 1999, getting his start with an internship advertised in Billboard.
Veteran marketing and artist management exec Eric Wong has been promoted to evp/GM at Island Records by label President David Massey.
The New York-based Wong will oversee all Island Records operations, reporting to Massey.
“Eric’s well-grounded successes in marketing and artist management made him the perfect choice for this position at the new Island Records,” Massey said. “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.”
“This is one of the most exciting times in the great history of Island Records,” added 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.”
Wong had served as executive vp marketing at the former Island Def Jam Music Group since 2011, playing an integral role in the creation, development, and execution of marketing strategies for artists including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Avicii and Iggy Azalea. IDJ's marketing, digital, creative, artist development, video promotion, and video production departments all reported to Wong.
The IDJ veteran first joined the company in 1999, developing marketing campaigns for artists including The Killers and Fall Out Boy.
Starting in 2006, simultaneously serving as chief marketing officer of Bad Boy Entertainment, and svp marketing at Atlantic Records, Wong oversaw the careers of Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay Z, Janelle Monaé, Toni Braxton, Danity Kane and more. Before returning to IDJ in 2011, Wong successfully founded Wong Management in 2009, serving as part of Mariah Carey's management team along with a management roster that included Ryan Star.
The Brooklyn native has served as a role model to minority youth working their way into the music industry. At age 16, he applied for an internship listed in Billboard and was chosen for a job at WEA Distribution through Youth Entertainment Summer (Y.E.S.), a program designed for minority high school students. That led to an internship at Atlantic and then to a position as a college rep at EMI Records. At the same time, Wong attended New York University, graduating in 1998.