Patrick Zelnik, president of Paris-based independent label Naive, has been appointed president of Impala, the pan-European independent labels trade association.

Patrick Zelnik, president of Paris-based independent label Naive, has been appointed president of Impala, the pan-European independent labels trade association.

Zelnik will be joined by Martin Mills, chairman of London-based Beggars Group, in the newly-created position of Impala chairman.

The two executives succeed Michel Lambot, who until now combined the roles as president and chairman of Impala. Lambot, co-chairman of Brussels-based PIAS Group/Vital, resigned after leading Impala for seven years, but will remain on its board.

The dual leadership roles were separated because of the trade body's fast-growing workload and activities, which include lobbying regulators to check the dominance of the major labels.

Brussels-based Impala also unveiled two new vice-presidents: Horst Weidenmueller, CEO of Berlin-based !K7, and Hein Van der Ree, managing director of Epitaph Europe in Amsterdam. The new structure ratifies elections held at Impala's general meeting in June in Oslo, Norway.

The organization's appeal against the European Commission's decision to approve the Sony and BMG merger will be unveiled this Thursday (July 13). The trade body's next board meeting is scheduled during Popkomm, the international music industry trade fair which will be held from Sept. 20-22 in Berlin.