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ARIA Board Members


Denis Handlin, AM
ARIA Chairman

Denis is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand Limited, Sony Music President of South East Asia and Korea and has led the company for 26 years of his 40 years with the company. 

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 ARIA.  He held the ARIA Chairman position for 10 consecutive years from 1999 - 2008. 

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 over $12 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. 

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 the prestigious APRA Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to the Music Industry.

Australian artists developed by Denis include; Men at Work, Midnight Oil, Silverchair, Delta, Pete Murray, David Campbell, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian, Kate Miller-Heidke and Jessica Mauboy.


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




Sebastian Chase

ARIA Board Member

Sebastian is the founder MGM Distribution, now Australia’s most diverse distributor   

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 Freidman 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.


Mark Poston

ARIA Board Member

Mark's passion is music - so much so it's likely to be found in his DNA one day. He has worked in music since 1989, in a number of roles from running a record store to working in various roles at labels including Sony and BMG - working with many Australian and International artists and managers. By the time he turned 30 he was Head of Capitol Records at EMI Australia working with artists such as Silverchair, Coldplay, Jet, Keith Urban, Paul Mac, Robbie Williams, The Living End, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, The Finn Brothers and Gorillaz. In 2005, he was promoted to Director, Global Marketing for EMI based in London. In July 2006, Mark went on to be Director of a new EMI UK frontline label Angel Music Group/Charisma. In August 2008, he returned to Australia as Chairman and Senior Vice President of Marketing for EMI Australasia, based in Sydney. In December 2009 he was the only music executive to be named in Media Week’s ‘Top 30 Most Influential Media People’ list.  

He never wants to become cynical or jaded, and could do with 30 hours in the day instead of the average 24.



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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).








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