Sony Music Entertainment India announced the hiring of Vinit Thakkar to the position of managing director.

Prior to joining SME India, Thakkar served as the Chief Operational Officer for Universal Music in India and South Asia.

Thakkar will supervise the company’s activities in one of the world’s most dynamic and rapidly expanding music marketplaces, working directly with regional and global teams to develop SME India’s strategic connections and discover new growth prospects for its artists. Thakkar will succeed Rajat Kakar, who is due to depart at the end of this month, as Managing Director. He will report directly to Shridhar Subramaniam, President of Corporate Strategy and Market Development for Asia and the Middle East.

Shridhar Subramaniam, President, Corporate Strategy and Market Development, Sony Music Entertainment Asia and the Middle East, stated, “We are happy to have Vinit join Sony Music Entertainment India.” “His skills, extensive experience, strong commitment in supporting artists, and dedication on placing creativity at the center, all while driving strategic and commercial development, make him the ideal candidate for our organization. I am convinced that he will accomplish our goals for this significant market. “I would also want to congratulate Rajat, who has done an outstanding job elevating our business, and wish him the best in the future,” he continued.

Vinit Thakkar commented on his decision to join SME India, stating, “India is a great place for musical talent and innovation that transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. I look forward to creating greater success for our artists and creators via new collaborations and bringing them to innovative new methods to engage with their followers. Rajat has done a great job guiding the firm, and I feel delighted to be a part of this exceptional team that is driving our business ahead.”

“I began my music career with this amazing group more than 25 years ago, and I depart with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. Rajat Kakar remarked, “I am convinced that Vinit’s leadership will ensure the company’s continuing success in the next years.”