Former IFPI chief to build content relationships.

Jay Berman, former chairman/CEO of the IFPI, has joined Loudeye's board of directors.

In a statement, Berman says he will work closely with the digital distribution firm's executive management team "to help execute on the company's global music strategy."

Berman is credited with raising the global profile of the recording industry in challenging times. In January 1999, he was appointed as the first full-time chairman/CEO of the London-based IFPI. He retired from the post in December 2004, handing the reins to John Kennedy. Berman has since served as chairman emeritus of the IFPI.

Anthony Bay, chairman of the board of Seattle-based Loudeye, says Berman's expertise will help "ensure Loudeye's continued success in the global digital music market and enable us to build closer relationships with key content owners and rights holders."

A U.S. citizen, Berman was president of the RIAA before joining the IFPI. He was special counsel for trade to President Clinton in the fall of 1998. Since February 2005, he has served on the board of download network Musicloads.