SONY MUSIC AUSTRALIA

DENIS HANDLIN

Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand
President, Sony Music Entertainment Asia

In 2014, Denis Handlin will achieve the rare milestone of 30 years as leader of Sony Music’s Australian company. The Sydney-based, Brisbane-born executive is showing no signs of slowing down. His entrepreneurial smarts have been recognized in recent years with Sony Music handing him responsibilities for all of the company’s activities across Asia, where he has strengthened senior management and A&R. He’s also long-serving chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. Handlin has played a major part in P!nk’s astonishing success in the market, where latest album The Truth About Love was the best-selling release for both 2012 and 2013—a feat never before achieved. The album is eight-times platinum (single platinum certification is 70,000 units). Sony has struck rare metal with a string of home-grown artists, including pop acts Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Human Nature and Timomatic, and also has some bright newcomers in chart-topping electronic music act RüFüS, hotly tipped Gang of Youths and Jackie Onassis. “Success with local artists very much defines us as record labels,” Handlin says, “and in my 43 years in the company, the drive to develop artists with global appeal has never been greater.” —Lars Brandle