Universal Music appoints Devraj Sanyal as MD for India ops

Devraj Sanyal has been named as Managing Director of Universal Music India. He takes charge from June 24, 2011. The appointment was announced by Vico Antippas, President, Nordic, Central & Eastern Europe, South Africa & India, Universal Music Group International.

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Updated: Jun 23, 2011 4:16 PM
Universal Music appoints Devraj Sanyal as MD for India ops

Devraj Sanyal has been named as Managing Director of Universal Music India. He takes charge from June 24, 2011. The appointment was announced by Vico Antippas, President, Nordic, Central & Eastern Europe, South Africa & India, Universal Music Group International.

Sanyal will assume responsibility for all operational aspects of Universal Music India, which is headquartered in Mumbai, including its interests in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

He succeeds Rajat Kakar, who is leaving Universal Music to pursue other interests. Kakar has been Managing Director of the company’s India operations for the past eight years, during which it has maintained its market prominence.

Commenting on Sanyal’s appointment, Antippas said, “India’s growth and evolution as an entertainment market and source of creativity is tremendously exciting, especially for innovative thinkers and bold entrepreneurs. Devraj is just such a person, and we’re looking forward to a new era for the company under his leadership.”

Sanyal added here, “For the past two decades, I have run successful organisations and businesses, and have also been a serious musician. I now intend to use this combined knowledge and understanding to take Universal Music India to its next level. I am here to ‘Change the Game’.”

He joins Universal Music after two decades of being in the media and entertainment business, the last seven years being at Percept. Most recently, he was Group CEO of Percept Sports & Entertainment, which includes music, events, television & intellectual properties, branded content & entertainment and talent management divisions. He now also moves to the board of Percept Ltd as Director – Sports and Entertainment.

Sanyal also co-founded the prominent Asian electronic music festival, Sunburn, with Percept Ltd, which is rated among the top 10 festivals of the world.
 

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