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People: Universal Music Group appoints Musical Innovator Enzo Valdez to Lead Operations in the Philippines

Manila, Philippines – Universal Music Philippines, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment announced today that experienced industry executive Enzo Valdez, has been appointed as MD, Universal Music Philippines, effective immediately.

As a core member of the regional executive team, he will oversee UMG’s operations throughout the Philippines. He will be based in Manila and report to Calvin Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Southeast Asia & Senior Vice President, Asia.

Valdez joins UMG from the Sindikato Group he founded in 2010, where he held the position of President & CEO. In recent years, Sindikato has become one of the Philippines most successful music companies, handling artist management for some of the countries’ most exciting artists including Ben&Ben, Fern. and Callalily, alongside Sindikato Studios, a video production company working across original, music and advertising content creation, and a successful events business. In addition, Valdez worked as an A&R and management consultant for Sony Music Philippines from 2018.

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In making the announcement, Calvin Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Southeast Asia & Senior Vice President, Asia said, “We are delighted to welcome Enzo to our senior management team for the region. Enzo is a creative force, musical innovator, seasoned executive and enthusiastic entrepreneur, and the perfect person to lead Universal Music Philippines into the future. While UMG continues to be a powerhouse in international repertoire in the country, Enzo’s appointment will allow us to grow aggressively domestic music, artist management and touring business together with the teams in the Philippines. Under his leadership, I am confident UMG and our MCA Music Philippines label will continue to lead the market, reinforcing our position as the most exciting home for artists and talent in the Philippines.”

Enzo Valdez said, “I am excited to join the team here in the Philippines. My life and career so far, has always been built around music and helping artists, so I am delighted to being able to continue doing this on a larger scale. I’m eager to learn from Calvin and the global UMG family, and I look forward to injecting my passion and creativity into the company and having many successes in the future.”   

Universal Music Philippines has led the local music market for more than a decade and is currently home to an array of leading Filipino talent including; Juan Karlos, Darren Espanto & Autotellic. UMG recently announced the arrival of Def Jam Philippines, a new regional label dedicated to developing and nurturing the best in hip-hop talent and culture within the country, with its first signing the hotly tipped VVS Collective.

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