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New Merlin board appointed

By | Published on Friday 15 November 2013


Merlin, the organisation that represents a big bunch of independent labels worldwide when negotiating deals with digital services, has just elected a new board. Beggars boss man Martin Mills was re-elected and will stay on as Chairman of the group. Meanwhile Essential Music USA’s Erik Gilbert and Evolution Music Hong Kong’s Ashley Whitfield join the board for the first time.

Merlin’s board includes specific reps for Europe, North America and the rest of the world, along with non-voting observers and the boss of the UK’s Association Of Independent Music Alison Wenham, albeit in her guise as Chair of the World Independents Network, speaking for any countries not directly represented on the committee.

Commenting on his board post the election, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas told CMU: “That this election attracted such strong candidate numbers, representing some of the world’s most important music companies, is testament to Merlin’s standing within the independent community. We were founded as a truly global operation, a fact reflected in the make-up and construct of our board, and I am honoured to lead an organisation that draws together such experience and expertise”.

The Merlin board following this latest election looks very like this…

Europe: Erik Brataas – Phonofile (Norway), Michel Lambot – PIAS Group (Belgium), Martin Mills – Beggars Group (UK), Florian von Hoyer – Altafonte (Spain), Horst Weidenmueller – K7 (Germany)

Plus non-voting observers for Europe: Emmanuel de Buretel – Because Music (France), Oke Goettlich – Finetunes (Germany).

North America: Glenn Dicker – Redeye Distribution and Yep Roc Records – (USA), Erik Gilbert – Essential Music and Marketing (USA), Dave Hansen – Epitaph Records (USA), Geoff Kulawick – IDLA (Canada), Tom Silverman – Tommy Boy (USA)

Plus non-voting observers for North America: Kris Gillespie – Domino Recording Co (USA), Darius Van Arman – Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Numero Group/Secretly Canadian (USA)

Rest Of World: Colin Daniels – Inertia (Australia), Hilton Roth – African Dope – (South Africa), Luciana Pegorer – Delira Musica (Brazil), Ashley Whitfield – Evolution Music (Hong Kong), Alison Wenham (WIN)