Sonny Takhar Departs as President of Cowell's Syco Music

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Sonny Takhar

After nearly twenty years of collaboration, Sonny Takhar and Simon Cowell are parting ways. Takhar, who Cowell picked to head his label S Records in 2001, will exit as the president of Cowell's globally successful pop factory Syco Music, founded in 2004 as a joint venture with Sony Music. 

“When I first decided to build Syco," Cowell writes in a statement on the news, "it was my wish to create a place where young, talented executives could learn and grow their talent. Sonny has been there every step of the way with me -- and in this business loyalty is rare." Cowell says the two will continue to collaborate.

Takhar, who was rumored to be under consideration for a job at Columbia, will be founding a "new entertainment venture" in Los Angeles. The move is the first in what is seen as the "post-One Direction" era for Syco.

Additionally, Cowell has promoted three members of his team. Tyler Brown, who first joined the company as an A&R assistant, has been named managing director; former marketing manager Jones is the company's new head of A&R; and Guy Langley, another former A&R assistant, is now senior A&R manager.