Denis Handlin has been re-elected for a record eighth term as chair of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. board, Billboard.biz has learned.

Denis Handlin has been re-elected for a record eighth term as chair of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. board, Billboard.biz has learned.

The election by the trade body's board members took place in Sydney at a special meeting this week.

Handlin, currently chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, is due to be formally announced on Monday (Feb. 13) to the ARIA role.

ARIA board members are elected for a 12-month tenure. Others on the board are George Ash, managing director, Universal Music Australia; Philip Mortlock, managing director, Origin Recordings; John O'Donnell, managing director, EMI Music Australia; Ken Outch, CEO, Rajon; Ed St. John, president and CEO Warner Music Australasia; and David Williams, chairman of Shock Records.

St. John takes a committee chair role for the ARIA awards and O'Donnell for ARIA chart and marketing.

Universal Music Australia's director of legal and business Karen Don will head ARIA copyright committee and UMA's VP of finance Darryl Sullivan will head the ARIA finance committee.

"2006 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the industry," Handlin says, noting ARIA's alliance with mobile phone manufacturer Motorola and DMG Radio Australia's Nova network. Through Motorola's sponsorship of the national ARIA sales charts, announced in January, printed charts have been reintroduced at retail outlets throughout the country.

As previously reported, Motorola is also backing a national live weekly radio chart countdown on Nova and a raft of upcoming new promotional initiatives for Australian and international new releases.

"During 2006, we'll be looking to repeat the significant successes that we achieved during 2005, including the successful outcome in the Kazaa litigation," Handlin added.

Stephen Peach, CEO of ARIA, told Billboard.biz that ARIA is planning major events around the March launch of the digital download chart, the second ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame inductions mid-year in Melbourne, and the 20th anniversary of the ARIA awards in Sydney in October.