PR veteran joins collection society Nov. 1.

U.K. industry veteran Jonathan Morrish has been named director, PR and corporate communications at British collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd., with effect from Nov. 1. He succeeds Jill Drew, who exited the London-based organization in July.

Morrish joins PPL from PR giant the Outside Organization, where he served as head of corporate business and consulted for clients such as HMV, EMI Music Publishing, the Orchard and Sony BMG.

"Jonathan is by far and away the highest-calibre candidate with the most extensive knowledge and understanding of the industry as well as the current environment generally," comments Fran Nevrkla, chairman/CEO of PPL. “He has a wide range of contacts and a real instinct for where PPL and (sister organization) VPL needs to go moving forward.”

Morrish was a Sony Music stalwart before joining London-based Outside. He joined CBS, later to become Sony Music, as a press officer in the 1970s. He rose steadily up through the ranks to become VP corporate communications for Sony Music Europe from 1995 to 2003. He is currently both a trustee of the Brit Trust and a governor of the Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon.