German veteran industry executive Gerd Gebhardt has been appointed to the supervisory board of European B2B digital-music service 24-7 MusicShop.

German veteran industry executive Gerd Gebhardt has been appointed to the supervisory board of European B2B digital-music service 24-7 MusicShop.

In a statement issued today, Gebhardt comments, "The digital distribution of music and other entertainment goods is the future and 24-7 will be in the front row".

Frank Taubert, CEO and co-founder of the German-based company says Gebhardt's input will "be invaluable in further solidifying 24-7's ever-expanding imprint on the arena of digital media distribution".

Until recently, Gebhardt was president of the German Phonographic Industry in Berlin, comprising labels body BPW, the German group of the IFPI and the German Phono Academy. After a four-year tenure, he stepped down in late 2005 from the helm of labels body BPW and the German group of the IFPI. He remains as executive producer of the local industry's official Echo Awards gala, which is organized by the German Phono Academy.

Gebhardt's career in the music industry has spanned more than 30 years, including a stint from 1997 to 2001 as Warner Music president for Central and North Europe.

Since launching in 2000, 24-7 MusicShop has opened offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark and Spain. The company describes itself as a "turnkey one-stop-shop for the seamless, distribution of digital media -- music, truetones and video," and boasts license agreements with all the major record companies and 5,000 independent labels.

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