Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has appointed Beggars Group founder and chairman Martin Mills as its first non-executive chair.
Mills recently stepped down as chair at Merlin, where he remains a board member. He is also on the board of IMPALA, AIM and A2IM.
Alison Wenham, CEO of WIN, said: “Martin Mills has been a hugely respected and influential champion of the independent music community for decades and WIN is delighted to announce his chair. He will be a powerful advocate and will play a vital role in ensuring that we speak with one clear, collective voice while safeguarding the interests of members as we move forward in an ever more competitive commercial market.”
Martin Mills said: “I’m honoured to be chosen as WIN’s first Chair. Independents have needed a global voice in a globalised market, as they have benefited from strong local voices as local remains as important as ever. I am confident that Alison and her team will bring a co-ordinated, informed, strong and leading presence to worldwide issues, and ensure that independent interests are not just well represented, but also at the forefront of determining our collective futures."
As well as promoting the work of the indie sector, WIN publishes the annual WINTEL market report. The most recent edition shows that independent record labels represented 38.4% of global recorded music (measured at copyright level) with global revenues in excess of $6bn.