/ 22 June 2021

Sony Oz boss moved on

One of the biggest movers and shakers in the Australian music industry, Sony Music Australia boss Denis Handlin headed out yesterday. After a 50-year stint, he was Sony’s longest-serving employee worldwide and had been CEO of the Aussie division since 1984. Known for his dedication to the label’s artists, the 70yo is partly responsible for the success of Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Midnight Oil, John Farnham, Tones and I, and so many more. But all has not been well at Sony… In April, the company revealed it had received staff complaints of bullying and harassment that led to the sacking of a senior executive. And others’ heads are said to be on the chopping block with an external investigation launching earlier this month. Note: there’s no suggestion Handlin behaved improperly. Global boss Rob Stringer yesterday thanked Handlin for his “extraordinary contribution to the company and its artists”. But “it is time for a change in leadership,” he said.

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