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 $20 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.
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, Daryl Braithwaite, John Farnham, Delta Goodrem, Silverchair, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Pete Murray, Rogue Traders, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Timomatic, Justice Crew and The Veronicas 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 37 years and have six children.