General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union, and President of the International Federation of Musicians John Smith is the new Chairman of PPL.
He’ll take over from Fran Nevrkla OBE in the part-time position on 1 January 2016. Fran Nevrkla will retire at the end of 2015 following 15 years with the company.
John has worked with PPL for many years as part of his 40 years in the music industry. He currently serves as a Director on the PPL Board and PPL Performer Board.
John Smith said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to become Chairman of PPL. It is a great honour to follow in the footsteps of Fran Nevrkla who has presided over such a successful chapter in PPL’s history.
“Working for many years with PPL, the MU and for the FIM has given me a firm grounding in the practical application of performers’ rights and the role of effective collective management – knowledge that I will continue to apply on behalf of all PPL’s performer and record company members. I am looking forward to being part of the PPL team and working with Peter and his staff to further the success of the company.”
John also sits on the boards of UK Music, the British Copyright Council and the Educational Recording Agency.
Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL said: “John has an excellent knowledge of PPL and the wider music industry and his appointment is unanimously supported by the Board. John’s appointment provides stability and continuity to the organisation which is key to ensuring future success. As President of the FIM, John’s knowledge of the international music industry landscape will be invaluable as we continue to expand our reach, scale and services in this area for the benefit of our members and the global music industry. I look forward to working with John in his new role as we continue to look to the future to maximise neighbouring rights revenues from the UK and internationally”.