Stephan Bourdoiseau was elected president of French indies' association UPFI during the organization's annual general meeting on June 24 in Paris. He will serve a two-year term.

Stephan Bourdoiseau was elected president of French indies' association UPFI during the organization's annual general meeting on June 24 in Paris. He will serve a two-year term.

Bourdoiseau, 35, is president of leading indie distributor Wagram Music. He was already sitting on the board of UPFI and is also a board member of European indies' body Impala.

Bourdoiseau replaces Patrick Zelnik, president and co-founder of Naïve, who served for two consecutive terms.

"We need to look at all the opportunities in the physical and online world and see how the indies can make the best of this challenge," Bourdoiseau tells Billboard.biz.

He says French indies collectively have a 30% market share in value terms and play a crucial role in breaking and developing new acts. "The market needs strong alternatives to balance the negative effects of consolidation," he says.

Also during the UPFI meeting, four new members joined the board: Marc Thonon, founder of Atmospheriques, Marc Teissier Du Cros (Record Makers), Jean-Paul Combet (Alpha Productions) and Frédéric Monvoisin (Le Village Vert). The board has 18 members.

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