The BPI has appointed MJ Olaore to the newly-created role of BPI chief operating officer.
Commencing November 1 and reporting to CEO Geoff Taylor, Olaore will be responsible for the BPI’s day-to-day operational and financial affairs and for the further development of its commercial activities. She joins the BPI from leading independent market research company Firefish, where she has been COO since 2011.
Olaore will be introduced to BPI members and partners at the BPI’s 2016 AGM, Wednesday, September 7.
Olaore grew up in Nigeria and Scotland, and studied law at Liverpool University before taking on her first role at Price Waterhouse in London. MJ has since gone on to develop a distinguished and successful career in broadcast media and entertainment, rising to senior management positions at ITN, LBC Radio, Virgin Radio and its successor Absolute Radio, all the while developing a broad range of skills across advertising and sales, IT, broadcast engineering, facilities, legal, strategy and research, finance, and operations.
Said Olaore: “I am delighted to be joining the BPI at such an exciting and interesting time for the organisation and the recorded music industry that it serves. I know that Geoff Taylor and Ged Doherty have ambitious plans to continue to develop the role of the BPI in promoting British music; I am looking forward to helping advance these, working with the whole BPI team to bring them to fruition. It is an amazing opportunity.”
Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI & BRIT Awards, added: “We welcome MJ to the BPI family and are confident that we will benefit hugely from her extensive senior level experience and from a broad range of skills honed across the media and entertainment sectors. We are absolutely committed to helping both independent and major labels in the UK to grasp the opportunities that the next few years will offer and to promoting their artists and their achievements at home and around the world. MJ’s arrival will enable us to pursue that agenda more effectively on behalf of our all our members.”