Sony Music Entertainment has upped Dennis Kooker to president, global digital business and U.S. sales.

He will report directly to SME chairman-CEO Doug Morris, who announced the appointment to staff on Monday.

Kooker replaces former digital boss Thomas Hesse, who ankled Sony in late 2011 for a spot on Bertelsmann’s supervisory board. Hesse had headed the company’s digital affairs since 2004, when he joined the company after the merger of Sony’s and Bertelsmann’s music holdings. Sony acquired Bertelsmann’s stake in Sony BMG in 2008.

Kooker is a veteran digital exec. He was most recently exec VP of operations and g.m., global digital business and U.S. sales, heading the unit’s day-to-day operations. Before taking the general manager role in 2008, he was exec VP of operations for Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s global digital business and U.S. sales unit. He began his music industry career in 1995.