Nicholas Motsatse has been named CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organization with effect from July 1. Until now, he had been marketing director and joint deputy CEO with Alan Johnston.

Nicholas Motsatse has been named CEO of the Southern African Music Rights Organization with effect from July 1. Until now, he had been marketing director and joint deputy CEO with Alan Johnston.

Motsatse becomes just the fourth individual to occupy the position since the Braamfontein, South Africa-based music performing rights body's inception in 1962. He is the first black South African to head-up the organization.

Motsatse takes over from Rob Hooijer, who becomes "special advisor" for the second half of 2006. SAMRO board chair Annette Emdon says Hooijer's decision to stand aside after roughly 10 years enables Motsatse to take SAMRO forward into "the challenging brave new world of digital technology." Johnston continues as deputy CEO and CFO.

Motsatse is also chairman of the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition, the body responsible for organizing the annual Moshito confab, and acts as convener of industry forum the South African Music Industry Co-Operation Initiative. He also recently delivered a paper at the International Chamber of Commerce meeting in Geneva on "Intellectual Property in Developing Nations."

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