Henri Yoxall, GM of British Music Rights for the past seven years, exited the trade body today (April 7).

Henri Yoxall, GM of British Music Rights for the past seven years, exited the trade body today (April 7).

Yoxall has decided to "move on to new challenges," the organization said in a statement.

"Henri has been with BMR since its inception and has helped to build the organisation into what it is today," comments BMR CEO Emma Pike.

BMR is an umbrella body representing authors' societies the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, the Music Publishers Assn., the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and the Performing Right Society.

Going forward, Yoxall will continue to advise the MPA on its communications, starting with the association's 125th birthday celebrations July 6 at London's Old Billingsgate Market.

"We are delighted that Henri will be working with us," says MPA CEO Stephen Navin. "She brings with her a wealth of experience in communications, an understanding of the music business, and we hope she will help us in developing a more forward looking MPA".

Yoxall has played a central role in overseeing the London-based BMR office. She took on duties as acting director general following the surprise departure in February 2004 of its-then director general Kate Fulton. Yoxall handed over responsibilities to Pike, who joined as director general in September 2004.