40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Sheldra Khahaifa, 38

SVP, Finance and Operations, Commercial Music Group

Sony Music Entertainment


Since 2010 Khahaifa has overseen all aspects of financial management, reporting & analysis, including strategic planning, deal evaluations, accounting and internal controls and management of general & administrative costs, as well as product release planning. Her deep knowledge of the business coupled with her strong general management skills also enables her to play a critical role in partnering with the President of the division, as well as the entire executive management team in their day-to-day strategic and financial management of the business. She is well respected and liked by her peers and viewed as a mentor to many of the more junior level women in the group.


Over the course of Khahaifa’s 10+ year career with Sony Music Entertainment (including predecessors SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and BMG Music), she has held multiple key executive finance positions including CFO of Dada Entertainment, formerly a SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT joint venture; Vice President, Finance & Operations for the Global Digital Business & US Sales division; Vice President, Label Finance Shared Services; Vice President, Finance & Integration as well as Group Controller–USA for BMG Music. She joined the company in 2001 as Senior Director of Finance for Arista Records.


Khahaifa is a certified public accountant and holds a B.B.A. in accountancy from Bernard M. Baruch College, where she graduated cum laude.

Sheldra Khahaifa, 38

SVP, Finance and Operations, Commercial Music Group

Sony Music Entertainment

Since 2010 Khahaifa has overseen…