Denis Handlin Departs Sony Music After 51 Years


The bombshell information dropped Monday morning (June 21) Australia time, intently following one other report printed within the nationwide press that exposes inappropriate conduct on the music main’s subsidiary.

As beforehand reported, The Sydney Morning Herald has detailed allegations of discrimination, bullying and harassment inside Sony Music Australia. Earlier within the 12 months, the music big terminated a veteran govt after an probe discovered he had engaged in misconduct with workers, particulars of which have been documented by the SMH.

As reported on the weekend, Sony Music has engaged an Australia-based exterior counsel to deal with ongoing investigations.

Handlin was not talked about in any of the a number of SMH articles. As famous by its writer Nathanael Cooper, “the publication isn’t suggesting Mr Handlin is accused of any wrongdoing or is involved or implicated in any of the allegations being investigated”.

Nonetheless, Sony Music Leisure CEO Rob Stringer has determined to result in change.

“I am writing to let you know that Denis Handlin will be leaving Sony Music Entertainment after more than 50 years with the Company, effective immediately,” reads Stringer’s assertion, seen by Billboard.

“It is time for a change in leadership. And I will be making further announcements in terms of the new direction of our business in Australia and New Zealand in due course.”

Handlin’s epic profession with Sony Music (then the Australian File Firm) started in Might 1970 within the Distribution Division in Brisbane. In 1976, he relocated to move workplace in Sydney, the place he held quite a lot of senior positions together with Nationwide Promotions Supervisor, Director of Advertising and Common Supervisor, Advertising and Gross sales.

Over time, Handlin has been acknowledged for his service on a number of events, together with the ARIA Icon award, the Ted Albert Award, and he has twice been honored by the Queen, as a the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 and the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017. The Aussie exec often featured in Billboard’s Worldwide Energy Gamers profile.

Whereas guiding the ANZ firm, Handlin signed and delivered a long-list of world success tales, from Males at Work to Midnight Oil, Silverchair, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Enviornment, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, and extra not too long ago, Tones And I.

Additionally, Handlin arrange and led Sony Music’s enterprise within the Asia Pacific area, and oversaw its growth there. In September 2010, he added obligations as President, South East Asia & Korea, which included managing the day-to-day operations of the Asian Regional Workplace positioned in Hong Kong. The next 12 months, he was appointed President, Asia. Within the years that adopted, Handlin was instrumental within the firm’s three way partnership label with Tencent Music, Liquid State, and he was behind the launch of recent headquarters in Beijing.

As a part of a structural revamp in early 2020, Handlin was freed up from duties for the Asia Pacific area, to concentrate on the native enterprise as chairman and CEO of Sony Music Australia and New Zealand.

“My team and I will be speaking further to your team leaders about this process throughout the week, but at this point I wanted to let everyone know this news at the same time,” continues Stringer’s assertion.

“We thank Denis for his extraordinary contribution to the company and its artists over his long career in the Australian and New Zealand music industry.”

Sony Music reps had no remark.

Handlin notched 50 years with Sony Music on Might 8, 2020. As a result of pandemic, celebrations have been placed on maintain. A particular fund-raising anniversary operate was set to happen Friday, Might 7, 2021 on the ICC Sydney, although a COVID-19 scare within the metropolis compelled these plans to be shelved.

Handlin is a founding director of Sony Basis Australia, which was established in 1998 and has raised over A$36 million for youth-based causes, and he has served as chairman of ARIA since September 2010, his second stint within the position.


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