Cees Vervoord, CEO of Dutch authors society Buma/Stemra, was elected to the new position of chairman of the board of directors of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers

Cees Vervoord, CEO of Dutch authors society Buma/Stemra, was elected to the new position of chairman of the board of directors of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC).

The election took place at CISAC's general assembly today (Oct. 21). Vervoord is the first chairman under the new structure voted for by the general assembly, which sees the existing administrative council and executive bureau merged into a single board of directors.

The board will have 20 members comprising executives of member societies, with guaranteed regional and repertoire representation.

Brett Cottle, CEO of Australian society APRA, was elected first vice chairman, and Gerhard Pfennig, CEO of German society Bild-Kunst, was elected second vice chairman. Their terms of office were set at three years.

The assembly also voted for keeping Christian Bruhn, chairman of German society GEMA, as CISAC president. It also keeps Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, chairman of Mexican society SOGEM, as vice president.

CISAC members also formally approved a measure stipulating that its president and vice president be creators -- authors, composers or others -- directly involved in creative work.