Uni Music Korea taps BJ Yang

Previously led mobile ad unit at SK Telecom

BANGKOK -- Universal Music Korea has tapped Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as its new managing director. He takes the reins on Jan. 1 from interim managing director Phil Murphy, who oversaw the company's rise in the last six months to No. 1 in physical sales of international music.

Yang will oversee the Seoul-based company's daily operations as well as lead its marketing strategies and digital directives. He will report to Universal Music Asia Pacific president Max Hole.

Yang comes to Universal from his post as CEO of AirCROSS, the mobile advertising subsidiary of SK Telecom. He was previously CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Korea and the Korea GM of global advertising agency McCann Ericsson.

"Yang's experience in the new media and domestic 'K-pop' industries will prove invaluable in positioning Universal Music Korea as a major force in local, international, pop and classical music," Universal said in a statement.

Murphy will work for the next few weeks until Yang joins the office.