The ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers), has elected Chris Butler, MPA UK, as its new chairman, taking over from Universal Music Publishing’s Andrew Jenkins.
The announcement was made at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France.
The ICMP board also elected its new executive in the form of Nicolas Galibert (CSDEM France), while Goetz von Einem (BMG) will serve as vice chair, and Ralph Peer (NMPA US) and Rolf Budde (DMV Germany) as treasurer and secretary respectively.
Butler is the worldwide head of publishing at The Music Sales Group, chairman of MCPS and a board member of PRS, ICMP and the UK MPA.
He said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to chair ICMP at such an exciting time for our industry and look forward to working with Coco, the new Executive and the board of ICMP in the year ahead. I’d like to add my personal thanks to Andrew Jenkins for his vision and leadership during his term in office.”
ICMP director general Coco Carmona added: “I would firstly like to pay tribute to Andrew Jenkins for all of his tireless work over the past five and half years. He was at the helm of ICMP as we battled for key issues for our industry and he is leaving us in excellent shape with a much-enhanced profile across the world.
“I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new chair. As a board member, his contribution to ICMP has already had a major impact, and I have no doubt that he will provide outstanding leadership to the global music publishing community.”
Outgoing chair Jenkins, said: “I am sure Chris will continue the good work, expand the number of members globally, and represent the interests of all music publishers, both majors and independents, with the same passion I have. On a personal level, I am delighted to pass on the baton to a fellow countryman - Cymru Am Byth!"
You can read our round up of Day 1 at MIDEM here.