DENIS HANDLIN

MUSIC INDUSTRY PEOPLE - AUSTRALIA


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Denis Handlin

Denis Handlin is Chairman & CEO, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Australia. In the newly merged Sony BMG, Mr. Bowen has responsibility for the company's operations in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and Mr. Handlin will report directly to him. "Denis is the perfect leader for the new company," said Mr. Bowen. "For the majority of the years that he has headed up Sony Music, the company, under his leadership has consistently held the number one market share position in the Australian industry. That success is not only attributable to his business skills but also to his ability to develop the international careers of the artists he has been involved with over the years." Mr. Handlin has headed up Sony Music (previously CBS Records) for twenty years - first as Managing Director & CEO and then, since February 1996, as Chairman & CEO. Renowned for his highly competitive spirit and championing of local talent, the company, under his leadership, has developed a wide range of local artists including, amongst others, Daryl Braithwaite, Men At Work, Midnight Oil, Rick Price and, most recently, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature and Silverchair to achieve international recognition and success. Previously he held a number of senior positions including National Promotions Manager, Director of Marketing and General Manager, Marketing and Sales. He joined the company in 1970 working in the Distribution Division in Brisbane. He has served on the committees of several industry associations and has held various positions including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, Vice Chairman of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) and Chairman of the Australia Industry Chart Committee. He is currently Chairman of ARIA, a position he has held since 1998. He is a founding member of the Sony Foundation which has raised over $5 million since 1999 for youth based charitable causes. About Sony BMG Music EntertainmentSony BMG Music Entertainment is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America. Contact:Nathaniel BrownSony BMG Music Entertainment212.930.6790

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