Hari Nair has joined Sony Music as director of digital business for India. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been with the company since July this year and is responsible for the digital business, products and operations at the company.
Nair comes with more than 15 years of experience and prior to Sony, he was the head of sales and operations at Mauj Telecom, a position he held for over three years. At Mauj Telecom, he was leading and managing sales, account management, direct-to-consumer (D2C) product management and content acquisition & licensing. Earlier, he had worked at companies such as Comviva Technologies, Soundbuzz India, Reliance Infocomm, Repro India and Spectrum Computer Services. He holds an MBA degree in Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University.
In March this year, Sony Music partnered with the new (at that time) range of Sony Xperia phones (Z, ZL and E series) to roll out Sony Music Jive, a music service for downloading and streaming music. The service is free for the first six months, and you can subscribe to it after that period. Last November, Sony Music Entertainment India signed a multi-crore digital service agreement with Ahmedabad-based e-commerce firm Infibeam.com for Indent (stands for Infibeam Digital Entertainment), a new platform focused on offering technology solutions to music labels, brands and smartphone-makers.
Earlier this month, Avinash Mudaliar, head and also part of the founding team of Gaana.com, the music streaming service from the stable of Times Internet Ltd (the digital arm of the Times of India group), left the company and joined Saregama as its head of internet products and services. Post his exit, TIL appointed Pawan Agarwal as the business head of Gaana.com.
(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)