After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd Gebhardt has decided not to run again for their respective boards, sources say.

After four years helming the German labels body BPW and the German IFPI, Gerd Gebhardt has decided not to run again for their respective boards, sources say.

When the members of the trade bodies meet in Berlin at the end of October, Gebhardt, 54, is not expected to stand in the elections as chairman.

Sources say Gebhardt will continue to be responsible for the German industry gala the Echo Awards, which he co-founded 14 years ago. Gebhardt did not return calls to Billboard.biz.

Well-placed sources say Michael Haentjes, CEO and president of the independent Edel company, could be in line as Gebhardt' successor. Haentjes declined to comment.

On the board of BPW are Frank Briegmann, president/CEO of Universal Music Germany, Rolf Gilbert, managing director of Sony BMG Germany and Haentjes. On the board of IPFI are Bernd Dopp, chairman/CEO of Warner Music Germany, Niel van Hoff, president of EMI Music Germany, Peter James, president of independent music trade body VUT and Konrad von Loehneysen, CEO of Ministry of Sound Germany.

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