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 report to Dr Maurice Stinnett, WMG’s Global Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Teng’s appointment comes at a time when WMG is deepening its commitment to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its artists, songwriters and people. She 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 from Manulife, where she led on developing its Asian regional DEI strategy and shaping policies to promote diversity, equity and inclusion practices within the organisation.
Stef Teng says: “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.”
Dr Maurice Stinnett adds: “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.”
Teng began her career in Malaysia at British American Tobacco, working as a Management Trainee. She later joined 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. After that, she joined Manulife and rose through the ranks to become Diversity Equity & Inclusion Senior Manager.
The news follows the publication of the company’s global DEI commitments as part of its Environmental Social Governance (ESG) report in February 2022 and the establishment of its Global DEI Institute later that same month.