Alison Wenham has been appointed as the inaugural president of the newly-created Worldwide Independent Network. Her first term as WIN president will be for two years. In future, it is then anticipated

Alison Wenham has been appointed as the inaugural president of the newly-created Worldwide Independent Network. Her first term as WIN president will be for two years. In future, it is then anticipated that the organization's leaders will only serve for one year.

Wenham currently serves as chair and chief executive of British indie label's body AIM and as vice president of European body Impala.

She was appointed to the WIN role during an election yesterday (Jan. 22) held at the Midem trade show in Cannes.

The first two vice-presidents of WIN are Peter Gordon from the U.S. trade body A2IM and David Vodicka from Australia's AIR. In a statement, WIN described the choice of leadership as providing "a recognizable face and a global voice to stress its ongoing aims to grow the independents' market share" and "promote key issues such as market access and cultural policies in all national, regional and international policies."

WIN regroups national indie labels organizations such as AIM, UFPI from France, ABMI from Brazil, IMNZ from New Zealand and CIRPA from Canada.

Wenham tells Billboard.biz that WIN will be a very light and flexible structure with a remit to voice the position of indie labels on a global basis. "Indies are already pretty well organized," she says. "It'll never be something like IFPI. It's a way to give indies a voice."

The notion of a global coalition of indies was first floated a year ago at Midem. Since then, indie groups have met twice in 2005 to iron out an agenda and a structure for the network.

Says Gordon, "We plan to celebrate each other's diversity with a common agenda."