Stef Teng has been appointed to the newly created role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Asia, at Warner Music Group (WMG).
She will be based in Hong Kong, and reports to Dr Maurice Stinnett, WMG’s Global Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, who joined the company in 2020.
Teng’s appointment comes at a time when WMG says it is “deepening its commitment to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its artists, songwriters and people.”
Teng will work closely with WMG’s recorded music and publishing territory heads across Asia, as well as its People Team and Employee Resource Groups in the region.
Teng joins WMG from Manulife, where she was the company’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Senior Manager.
At Manulife, Teng helped develop the company’s Asian regional DEI strategy, and shaped policies to promote diversity, equity and inclusion practices within the organisation.
She previously held roles at HSBC, starting as an Organisation Development Assistant Manager, then as a Talent, Resourcing & Organisation Development Manager, before moving to Hong Kong and being promoted to HK Hub Talent Manager.
Teng’s hiring follows the February launch of WMG’s Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Institute.
Upon its launch, WMG said that The Institute will be home to several educational initiatives, including the company’s MOVEMENT DEI education series, a rotating set of dialogue-based workshops “where people at WMG learn, grow, and reflect together on key aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion including anti-racism, ableism, homophobia, and sexism”.
“Music is an art form capable of transcending linguistic divides, and is an enabler of self-discovery, empathy and change.”
Stef Teng, said: “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.
“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.”
“I can’t wait for Stef to join us on our global DEI journey.”
Dr Maurice Stinnett
Dr Maurice Stinnett, added: “I can’t wait for Stef to join us on our global DEI journey; she is a brilliant executive who has a deep understanding of the DEI world, invaluable regional experience, and a passion for music.
“I’m so pleased to have her come onboard and know she’ll play a critical role as we accelerate our new initiatives to deliver on our DEI commitments in Asia.”Music Business Worldwide