Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year.

LONDON -- Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year.

Impala's chairmanship was open for re-election at the group's general assembly, held June 16 in Barcelona. However, Impala's members decided to extend for one more year the mandate of Lambot and that of his two vice presidents -- the Assn. of Independent Music chair Alison Wenham and Naïve co-founder and chairman Patrick Zelnik.

Lambot, who is co-chairman of Brussels-based indie group Play It Again Sam, has been chairman of Impala since its inception in May 2000. He was not expected to seek re-election.

"Our members chose this solution because there are quite a few important priorities for Impala that [Lambot, Wenham and Zelnik] have been working on that are still ongoing," says Brussels-based Impala deputy general secretary Helen Smith.

Among those issues are the current legal case against the European Commission on the Sony BMG merger, and negotiations with MTV and Apple Computer.