Graham Henderson, senior VP of business affairs and e-commerce at Universal Music Canada, is to replace Brian Robertson as president of the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA), effective Nov. 15.

Graham Henderson, senior VP of business affairs and e-commerce at Universal Music Canada, is to replace Brian Robertson as president of the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA), effective Nov. 15.

As previously tipped here, Robertson is stepping down after three decades heading CRIA. He will stay on as a consultant to the organization for six months, with the title of chairman emeritus.

"Two years ago, the CRIA board and I started the transition process that has culminated in the appointment of Graham," Robertson says.

Robertson has led CRIA since the mid-'70s. He was also a driving force in the 1975 formation of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science, the governing body of the annual Juno Awards. He served as president of the Academy from 1979-83.

Henderson has worked at Universal Music Canada for five years. Previously, he was a high-profile entertainment lawyer in Toronto. He is married to Cowboy Junkies singer Margo Timmins.

CRIA is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. CRIA's membership includes the major record companies, independent labels and manufacturers. The body represents 95% of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada.