Rajat Kakar has returned to the Sony Music Entertainment family with an appointment as managing director of Sony Music India. The veteran executive, whose previous stint with the company lasted six years beginning in the late ’90s, has been tasked with growing Sony’s market share, building its premium content slate, and forging opportunities with sister divisions.
"India is expected to become a Top Ten music market in three years and Sony Music is poised to capitalize on this growth," said Shridhar Subramaniam, SME’s president, strategy and market development, Asia and Middle East. "Rajat is an experienced entertainment executive who will bring Sony Music to a new phase of success during our strategic expansion across the region."
In this role, Kakar will be based in Mumbai and will report to Subramaniam.
Prior to re-joining Sony, Kakar served as CEO and managing director of licensing company PPL from January 2018 until April of this year. His career in the music biz began at Sony Music India in 1996, where he served as its first director of sales. In 2002, he left for Universal Music India, where he rose to managing director during an eight-year tenure.
"Sony Music India has become an artist-first, marketing driven company and I'm excited to build on this strong foundation," said Kakar. "We have an opportunity to create unique partnerships with other Sony divisions while simultaneously forging deeper Artiste relations in multiple Indian languages and working in tandem with Global and Indian partners to take the compelling music to discerning consumers in India and overseas." -Marc Schneider
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Geary and Wood bring clients including Godsmack, The Hollywood Vampires, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp and Hoobastank to the Shelter fold, while Taylor brings Barenaked Ladies, Kyla Jade and Marshall; Brewer brings Dance Gavin Dance, Palaye Royale and Crown the Empire, among others; and Hoffman brings Nothing More.
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Hallwood Media, the new producer-songwriter management company co-founded by former Geffen Records president Neil Jacobson, has hired manager Jake Posner as senior vp of A&R and head of its New York office. With his hiring, Posner will bring two of his clients – producer PJ Bianco and songwriter Chelsea Balan – to the company.
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The National Women’s History Museum has appointed DMI Music & Media Solutions CEO and chief creative officer and songwriter-producer Tena Clark to its board of directors.
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