Music Biz Member Warner Music Japan Appoints Kazuhiro Shimada as Chief Operating Office

Warner Music Japan has appointed Kazuhiro Shimada to the role of Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s daily business operations, including leading key initiatives and implementing organizational-wide strategies and policies. Shimada previously served as the Director and General Manager of Amazon Music Japan. According to Warner, he was, “…instrumental in devising high-impact initiatives that drove the company’s creative and financial growth.” He also worked for companies such as Universal Music Japan, MTV Networks Japan, and GAGA Communications. As COO, Shimada will report to Kaz Kobayashi, CEO of Warner Music Japan. 

“Kazuhiro is an outstanding exec who has a proven track record in the entertainment sector, and an extensive understanding of the Japanese music industry,” said Kobayashi. “We’re very pleased to have him come onboard. With his unique expertise and broad network, Kazuhiro will play a significant role in accelerating our growth in Japan.

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