Warner Music Group (WMG) has committed itself toward creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for its people — us in Asia included. The major music company has recently appointed Stef Teng as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) for the region of Asia.
This newly created role will see Teng based in Hong Kong, where she will report directly to WMG’s Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Maurice Stinnett. Announced earlier this year, WMG’s Global DEI Institute is a music industry pioneer that intends to serve as a hub of innovation, learning and action in driving impactful change — company-wide and beyond.
In the official press release, Teng personally states “I’m excited to join Maurice and his team at Warner Music Group. Music is an art form capable of transcending linguistic divides, and is an enabler of self-discovery, empathy and change. When my younger self was desperately trying to make sense of my own identity, music connected me to the experiences of LGBT+ artists and helped me feel less alone.”
Formerly employed at Manulife where she was also the leading figure in regional DEI strategy and policy-making, Stef Teng will now work side by side with WMG’s recorded music and publishing territory heads in Asia. This also includes the region’s People Team and Employee Resource Groups.
“The power of music is incredible, and I look forward to becoming part of the team that steers the music industry on a journey towards building an inclusive and equitable experience that honours the rich diversity of our communities across Asia,” she adds, underlining the objective that comes with her new position.
With operations in more than 70 countries worldwide, WMG sees the imperative need to bring its people together in accordance with today’s artistic Zeitgeist. Through its DEI Institute pillars — education, innovation, culture, social impact and research — the company wishes to enhance cross-cultural and cross-business collaboration led by experts and innovators such as Stef Teng herself.
For more on WMG’s DEI Institute, click here.
Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Editorial Assistant, follow her on Instagram.