The International Copyright Enterprise (ICE) has appointed Carsten Drachmann from Nokia Siemens as its new chief executive.
The company, co-owned by UK collecting society PRS for Music and Swedish collecting society STIM, was established in 2007 to deliver copyright services to both its parent companies and other collecting societies.
Drachmann spent 20 years at Nokia Siemens in a variety of roles spanning sales, research and development and software.
Most recently he was VP of Sales in the Professional Services division, focussing on consulting and system integration. During his tenure at Nokia Siemens he was based in Copenhagen, but had an international focus, which included a 2-year stint in Brazil during which he held responsibility for the entire Latin America region. Carsten Drachmann will report directly to the board of ICE.
On his appointment Drachmann commented: “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 strong Professional Service and Product offering. Our scope is international and I am looking forward to welcoming our next customers on board very soon.”
Chief Executive of PRS for Music Robert Ashcroft commented: “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.”
ICE has also announced the re-appointment of Wanda Goldwag as Non-Executive Chair of its board of directors. Wanda holds a number of non-executive positions, including that of external director of PRS for Music.