UK Music chairman Andy Heath has hailed the work of outgoing chief executive Jo Dipple, following the announcement that she would be departing the company after five years in the role.
Speaking to Music Week, Heath highlighted Dipple’s commitment to the role of chief executive. “She has inhabited the role and to a large extent she has now defined the role,” he said. “With the role having such a positive definition, I’m optimistic it will attract some very good people.”
As Dipple’s tenure comes to an end, the organisation is now looking for someone new to pick up the mantle. And Heath acknowledges that Dipple has left some very big shoes to fill.
“Whoever comes forward needs to have the same objectivity about the music industry as Jo had when she first joined,” he continued. “Jo has run an organisation that has made the world think differently about the music business.”
As for selecting the right replacement for Dipple, Heath said that he will not be rushing into making any hasty appointments, explaining that the organisation will take as long as it takes to recruit the right candidate for the job.
“I’d rather get the right person slowly than the wrong person quickly. UK Music is a long-term game. The things we do take years to work through and to be effective.”