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ARIA Board Members


Denis Handlin, AO
ARIA Chairman


Denis is the Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. He commenced his career with the company in 1970 and has been leading it since 1984.

Denis has a deep involvement in the music industry. He has served on the committees of several industry associations and has held various positions including Chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and of the Australian Record Industry Association. He is the current Chairman of ARIA, a position he has held over many years since the early 90s including for 10 consecutive years from 1999 - 2008.

In November 2012, Denis was elected to the position of Vice Chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Asia Regional Board and in November 2014, Denis was elected as Chairman of the IFPI Asia Pacific Board.

In May 1996, Denis became the first Australian and the first Sony Music Entertainment executive to be honoured with the CEO Special Recognition Award presented by Sony Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Norio Ohga.

Denis is the co-founder of the Sony Foundation which was established in 1998 and has raised $28 million for youth based causes. He is also very proud to be Patron of the Youth off the Streets Scholarship Program since its inaugural year in 2004. He is also an inaugural board member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation established in 2012 to raise funds to establish awareness and services for autism.

In the Australia Day 2005 Honours List, Denis was made a Member of the Order of Australia receiving (AM) in recognition of his service to the music industry, particularly through the promotion of Australian musicians, to professional organisations in the industry and for the work he has done in the community for charitable organisations.

In June 2009, Denis received from the peak Composer and Music Publisher organisation APRA, their prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry.

In April 2012, Denis received the "Label Executive of the Year - Major" award from the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards held in Los Angeles.

Denis was awarded the ARIA Industry Icon Award by the ARIA Board in November 2014. The award is made in recognition of Denis’ outstanding contribution to the development of the Australian music industry, in particular Australian artists and industry copyright and reform matters.

In May 2017, Denis accepted as a Foundation co-founder and on behalf of the Sony Foundation a special award at the Sony Annual Management conference in Tokyo. This was presented by CEO and President of Sony Corporation, Kaz Hirai, recognising the Foundation’s outstanding contribution achieved from fundraising events to the benefit of the community and charitable causes through its programs, employee engagement, collaboration with business partners, Sony Music artists and ambassadors.

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2017, Denis was elevated to and awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in recognition “for distinguished service to the Australian recording industry, through leadership and mentoring roles, as a supporter of young artists, and to charitable organisations as a director, patron and contributor”.

Denis is renowned for his highly competitive spirit and his championing of local talent. Under his leadership, Australian artists such as Men at Work, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Justice Crew, Pete Murray and David Campbell have achieved international recognition and success.

Denis has been married to his wife Jan for longer than he has been leading Sony Music. They have been married for 40 years this year and have six children.


George Ash
ARIA Board Member

George Ash is the Managing Director of Universal Music Australia (UMA), a division of the Universal Music Group.

Prior to George's current position with Universal Music Australia, he held positions as Managing Director, Universal Music NZ, Managing Director, MCA Geffen NZ and held key management roles at BMG NZ. George has also held roles in Polygram Manufacturing and in the Retail sector.

George's passion for the music industry began as a musician and has spanned 25 years including holding a variety of roles in key industry bodies within the NZ Industry before relocating to Australia in his current role in 2001.


Libby Blakely
ARIA Board Member






Sebastian Chase
ARIA Board Member

Sebastian is the founder MGM Distribution, one of Australia’smost diverse distributors of Australian music, working with many indie  artists including John Butler, The Waifs and The Beautiful Girls. He has played an  integral role in the evolution of Australian music, starting his career by managing legendary bands such as Rose Tattoo, Dragon and the early days of Cold Chisel.

In the 80s, Sebastian established Chase Records, a pioneer at offering major distribution (via CBS, now Sony BMG) to other independent labels such as Survival Records. From there, he established rooArt Records together with Chris Murphy & Justin Van Stom, leaving in the 90s to become a partner in Phantom Records. He later went on to found the Black Yak label in partnership with Tim Freedman from The Whitlams.

Sebastian has become a key advisor to some of Australia’s most iconic talents and his DIY model is changing the way independent artists bring their music to the fans.



Karen Don
ARIA Board Member

Karen Don is Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs for Universal Music Australia (UMA), a division of Universal Music Group.

Karen has been with UMA since July 1999. Before joining UMA, Karen was the in-house lawyer at ARIA and PPCA.

She has been a member of the ARIA Copyright Committee since joining UMA and has participated in a number of industry panels to discuss copyright protections and other intellectual property issues.

Karen holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from Macquarie University, Sydney.



Sophie McArthur
ARIA Board Member

Sophie McArthur is the General Manager of Digital & Business Development, Australia & New Zealand & Asia at Sony Music Entertainment.

In Sophie’s role at Sony Music, she is responsible for developing new and existing digital music services, and through this, she has established strong partnerships with digital service providers, social platforms, brands and artists to create and execute intergrated creative campaigns. In addition, Sophie has developed innovative business models and strategies to build an ecosystem for artist development and fan engagement.

Her passion for music combined with a global mindset and experience within the Asia Pacific region, has seen her execute global campaigns for key Australian artists including Amy Shark, Tash Sultana and Peking Duk to name a few.

Sophie commenced at Sony Music in 2013, bringing with her a wealth of experience from the entertainment sector with her previous roles at Seven Network, SBS and Pacific Magazines. During her time at Sony Music, Sophie’s focus on forward thinking and innovative solutions has proved invaluable in the ever-changing landscape of the dynamic music industry. Sophie is a proud mentor to many and a passionate advocate for progressive and positive change.



Niko Nordström
ARIA Board Member

Niko Nordström was appointed President of Warner Music Australasia on 1 April 2017 and is based in Warner Music Australia’s Sydney office. Niko previously served as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland (commencing in 2007), and additionally held the role of Vice President of Warner Music Nordics. During Niko’s tenure as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland, the company’s market share has doubled from 15.1 per cent to 30.6 per cent. Warner Music Finland’s A&R success has been well recognized with its artists collecting more than 50 per cent of the all the awards in the Local Grammies and the company being named record label of the year for eight years in a row at the Music Industry Awards.

Before joining Warner Niko ran his own label HMC – Helsinki Music Company, which was an innovative and modern music company with active 360-elements under one roof; label, publishing and agency activities. HMC was bought by Warner Music in 2007. In addition, Niko has held several positions of responsibility in different organizations. He was a chairman of the board of IFPI Finland and also a board member of Gramex, Finland’s copyright society for artists and producers. Niko holds a degree in marketing and business administration at the Helsinki School of Economics.


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David Vodicka
ARIA Board Member

David Vodicka is the managing director of the Rubber Group of Companies which includes independent record label Rubber Records and music publisher Rubber Music Publishing. He is also Principal of entertainment law firm Media Arts Lawyers and has had extensive experience with 20 years practice representing all facets of the music industry.

He is a passionate advocate for local music and creative industries and in addition to his position on the ARIA Board, he is presently also chairman of the board of AIR (Australian Independent Record labels association), a current board member of MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival), the Vice President of the WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) and is also a board member of PPCA (Phonographic Performance Company of Australia).  


Natalie Waller
ARIA Board Member

Natalie Waller is the Head of ABC Music & Events, within the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has held this role since 2012.

Natalie joined the ABC in 1998 in the ABC Music business team and held various roles including Business Manager. She has worked across many genres within ABC Music mainly specialising in Australian music and championing niche genres. She also works with well-known ABC music brands.

Natalie currently holds the position as Vice Chair on the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) board and is part of the Country Music Association (CMA) Australian Task Force.



Dan Rosen
ARIA Chief Executive Officer

Dan Rosen brings with him valuable experience across digital media, law, policy and music. Prior to joining ARIA as CEO, Rosen was based in New York working as Head of Americas for KIT Digital, a NASAQ listed digital media company.  Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Minister of Communications, Richard Alston, responsible for broadband and innovation policy after starting his career as a lawyer, specializing in media and technology, with Minter Ellison.

Rosen has been on both sides of the music business; his band ‘Second Dan’ won Triple J Unearthed in 2003 and has since independently released two albums and toured throughout the US and Australia. He continues to write and produce music.

Rosen was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to complete his Masters of International Law and Business at New York University. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.







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