Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Entertainment Australia/New Zealand, today (Oct. 8) appointed his executive team for those territories.

Denis Handlin, chairman/CEO of Sony BMG Entertainment Australia/New Zealand, today (Oct. 8) appointed his executive team for those territories.

Emmanuel Candi, GM of business strategy and human resources at Sony Music Entertainment (Australia), will take the same title for the merged Sydney-based company. Prior to joining Sony in 2002, he was CEO of the Australian Recorded Industry Assn. (ARIA).

John Parker, GM of marketing and promotions for Sony Music Australia since 2002, takes the same title for Sony BMG Australia. Parker joined Sony Music 20 years ago.

Damian Rinaldi is appointed director, business affairs for the enlarged company. He joined Sony Music Australia in 2000, and two years later was promoted to director, business affairs.

Andrew Smith becomes Sony BMG GM of finance and operations. After 10 years with PolyGram, Smith joined BMG Australia in 1999 as GM, finance and operations. For the last two years he has been BMG's VP finance Asia Pacific, where he has overseen a range of markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Jay Dee, director of A&R, takes the same title at Sony BMG. Earlier this year, he relocated to Sydney from London, where he was creative director at Shalit Global Music.

BMG Music Australia GM of national sales David Pritchard takes the same title at the enlarged company.

BMG GM strategic marketing Tony Glover takes the same title at Sony BMG. He has been with BMG since 1991, and was GM of BMG New Zealand from 2001-2002.

Sony Music GM digital services and information technology (IT) Gavin Parry takes the same title at Sony BMG.

Heading Sony BMG's New Zealand operations will be Auckland-based Micheal Bradshaw, who has been GM of BMG New Zealand since 2002. Current Sony Music New Zealand managing director Michael Glading leaves the new company early in 2005 after helping Handlin and Bradshaw integrate the businesses. Glading is a Sony veteran of 26 years, serving 16 of those as managing director.

All of the appointees report to Handlin, who in September was appointed to take charge of the company's operations in Australia and New Zealand.