Industry veteran Nick Hampton has retired as company secretary and director of administration and finance of the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). He joined the associatio

Industry veteran Nick Hampton has retired as company secretary and director of administration and finance of the Sydney-based Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). He joined the association on September 1, 1990.

"Nick has been pivotal to many of the significant changes that APRA has gone through over the last 14 years," comments APRA CEO Brett Cottle. "The APRA Awards and the organization's structure and operation owe much to his indelible style and business acumen," Cottle adds.

English-born Hampton was finance director at Pye Records in London from 1964-1968. He joined CBS Records in 1969 as its Paris-based European financial controller, before returning to London as operational director.

He later moved to Australia as managing director of EMI Music from 1981-1983. He was instrumental in setting up Entertainment Distributors Corporation (EDC), EMI's distribution joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. From 1988-1989 he was CEO of the Video Distributors Industry Association. Hampton tells Billboard.Biz that he will consult for APRA and continue his fund-raising for charity body Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia.

APRA has promoted Ron Welsh to director of administration and human resources, while Brad McClean is elevated to director of finance. APRA's general counsel Kate Haddock will take duties as APRA's company secretary.

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