Thomas Hesse

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Thomas Hesse (Born 1966, Brussels) is President of Sony Music Entertainment's Global Digital Business, US Sales, and Corporate Strategy. He reports to Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chief Executive Officer for Sony Music Entertainment. He is based in New York City.


Hesse holds a BA and MA from Oxford University, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in Corporate Finance from the University of St. Gallen. He studied as a concert pianist at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule für Musik in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Career at Sony

Hesse was appointed to the position of President in charge of Global Digital Business for the combined company upon the completion of the merger of Sony Music and BMG in 2004 (in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake and renamed the company from Sony BMG to Sony Music). In that role, he is responsible for Sony Music's worldwide revenues from digital exploitation via online and mobile media, as well as for New Technology and Digital Business Development. Since the beginning of 2007, Hesse was also put in charge of the company's physical sales activities in the US, including CDs and DVDs. He is also responsible for Corporate Strategy.

Hesse joined BMG in New York to serve as Chief Strategic Officer in 2002. In that role he was driving BMG's merger with Sony Music and was also responsible for Digital Business Development and New Technology. Prior...
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