PPL PRS MD Suzanne Smith is stepping down after almost two years in the role.
PPL and PRS for Music have announced that Smith is leaving the performance rights JV, the launch of which she helped oversee.
The Leicester-based joint venture – which was marked with a Music Week cover story – created The Music Licence, to enable organisations to be covered for all public performance rights from both PPL and PRS For Music. PPL PRS Ltd is marking its first year in business this month.
PPL chief executive officer, Peter Leathem, said: “Suzanne, with her drive and energy, has been invaluable in building the foundations of PPL PRS Ltd over the last two years. We are grateful to her for the commitment and dedication she has shown to this initiative to simplify access to the licences businesses need when they play or perform music and wish her every success in the future.”
PRS for Music chief executive, Robert Ashcroft, said: “We are indebted to Suzanne for her leadership both before and after the launch of the business and look forward to building on the foundations she has created, to communicating the value that music brings to businesses and to growing the royalty revenues on which our respective memberships depend.”
Christine Geissmar, COO at PPL, has stepped in as interim MD to lead the business until a new MD is appointed.
Ashcroft has previously announced his departure from PRS For Music later this year.