He previously served as managing director of UK/International at the company’s London office.
Independent publishing company Spirit Music Group (SMG) has promoted Rak Sanghvi to global president, the company announced on Thursday (April 4).
“Rak’s incredible relationships in the creative community and proven success in finding, signing, and mentoring the very best songwriting talent makes this a natural step for Spirit Music Group,” said SMG chairman Jon Singer in a statement. “As we continue to build a world-class music publishing company, promoting Rak to this important role is part of our ongoing strategy to provide our songwriters and business partners with the very best executive talent to help bring them success. Rak has proven he is capable of performing at the highest level based on all of his success in a fairly short period of time at Spirit and we are fortunate to have him lead us into this next — and most exciting –chapter.”
Sanghvi previously served as Managing Director of UK/International for the company’s London branch, Spirit B-Unique. In the role, he worked with artists including James Bay, Johnny McDaid, Dagny, Jonny Coffer, John Newman, Jon Maguire, Corey Sanders, Kodaline, Tiggs Da Author and J C Stewart.
“It’s an incredible time to be at Spirit Music Group, and I want to thank Jon, Ross, and the rest of the team for the opportunity to help shape and execute a global creative vision for the company,” added Sanghvi. “We’ve had some amazing success so far, notably in the UK with Spirit B-Unique expertly steered by co-presidents, Mark Lewis and Martin Toher, as well as with other key successes and partnerships in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere around the world and I’m very excited about continuing to build on those successes going forward.”
In his new position, Sanghvi will oversee all creative aspects of SMG out of the company’s London offices. Prior to working at SMG, he served as managing director at Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited.
It’s already been a big year for SMG. In January, the company announced a recapitalization of over $350 million, a move that coincided with Singer and SMG vp acquisitions & business development Ross Cameron taking ownership of the company under the newly-formed Lyric Capital Group. The buyout saw Singer replace David Renzer as chairman.
Found in 1995, SMG’s lucrative catalog includes such artists as T. Rex, Loudon Wainwright III, Chicago, Graham Nash, John Phillips, Pete Townshend, Snow Patrol, Tim McGraw, Belle & Sebastian, Billy Squier, Boz Scaggs, Charles Mingus, Henry Mancini, T Bone Burnett and the Marshall Tucker Band.