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PRS-owned rights management firm appoints new CEO

By | Published on Friday 21 September 2012


ICE, or the International Copyright Enterprise, the rights management agency co-owned by UK publishing rights collecting society PRS For Music and its Swedish counterpart STIM, has a new CEO in the form of Carsten Drachmann, who previously spent twenty years at Nokia Siemens.

The new chief will be charged with developing the ICE business so to provide its services and technologies to a wider range of clients, in addition to its collecting society parent companies, and the Global Repertoire Database that various parties in the music publishing sector are attempting to create.

Confirming his new role, Drachmann told CMU: “It’s a hugely exciting time to join ICE and I see great potential for the company. We are already providing a high standard of service to our current customers PRS For Music and STIM, and ICE will provide the technology on which the future Global Repertoire Database is based. My focus will be developing ICE into a commercial organisation with a┬ástrong professional service and product offering. Our scope is international and I am looking forward to welcoming our next customers on board very soon”.

Commenting on the new appointment, PRS boss Robert Ashcroft added: “Carsten has been appointed as Chief Executive because of his extensive experience in the technology sector and in providing business to business services. He is the right man to lead ICE as it enters an exciting new phase in its development, expanding its service offering to new customers”.