Christophe Lameignère, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG France, was elected president of labels body SNEP during its annual general meeting June 22 in Paris.

Christophe Lameignère, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG France, was elected president of labels body SNEP during its annual general meeting June 22 in Paris.

Lameignère, who will serve a two-year term, succeeds Gilles Bressand, the president of Paris-based French indie label XIII Bis Records. Bressand has been in charge of SNEP for the past five years and will remain on board as a vice president.

During the meeting, SNEP listed a string of key priorities. They include ensuring the effective application of the copyright bill, with particular focus on interoperability aspects and the penalization of illegal file sharing. The bill will be voted on shortly by the French houses of Parliament.

SNEP will also pursue action for better musical diversity in the media and for the growth of the digital market.

SNEP's board was also renewed for two years. Besides Lameignère and Bressand, it includes Jean-François Cecillon, EMI Music Continental Europe chairman/CEO and EMI Music France president; Pascal Nègre, Universal Music France chairman/CEO; Thierry Chassagne, president/CEO of Warner Music France; Yves Riesel, president/CEO of Abeille Musique; Jean Gibaud, CEO of De Plein Vent and Eric Hauville, CEO of Pschent.