Ed St John and George Ash have been re-elected as chairman of Australian labels body ARIA and collecting society PPCA, respectively.
For the next 12 months, St. John will lead an ARIA board comprising Sony Music Australasia chairman and CEO Denis Handlin, Universal Music Australia managing director George Ash, EMI Music Australia chairman Mark Poston, MGM Distribution CEO Sebastian Chase, and David Vodicka, chairman of indie labels association AIR and director of the Rubber Group of Companies.
"We are committed as a board and an organization to continuing the development and success of Australian artists while addressing the key issues facing the Australian music industry," said St. John in a statement.
With today's (March 10) announcement, the executive -- who heads up Warner Music Australasia and its president and CEO -- has held the ARIA position for three successive years.
New Zealand-born Ash will helm the PPCA board of directors for another year. In a statement, Ash commented, "I'm looking forward to working with my fellow board members, to ensure that we represent rights and maximize income for our artist and label members in a fast changing environment for performance rights holders."
The organization's board of directors is comprised of the major record labels' representatives Ash, Handlin, Poston and St John; three directors representing the interests of local recording artists in management firm One Louder Entertainment head Bill Cullen plus artist representatives Lindy Morrison and Dinah Lee; and a the licensor representative director, Ashley Sellers, CEO of the independent Inertia Group of Companies.
A replacement has yet to be announced for outgoing ARIA and PPCA CEO Stephen Peach, who will depart from the organizations this August after eight years.