Merlin, the global digital licensing agency for the independent sector, has unveiled its new board.

The agency's inaugural board will now step down following the board members' two-year term. Following recent elections among the Merlin membership, the new board includes some of the inaugural board, as well as some new faces from the global music business.

The new board maintains the territorial representation, split across Merlin's three operational territories - North America, Europe and the rest of the world

"Merlin's inaugural board members have shown an extraordinary amount of energy, passion and dedication in working to establish Merlin as a virtual fifth major, and it has been a privilege to work with them over the past two years," said Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO, in a statement.

"This new board includes some of these founding members of Merlin and incorporates some remarkable new additions, giving Merlin the benefit of some of the best talent in the global music business with a huge range of skills and interests. Merlin's members are truly fortunate to have such a strong group of people representing their interests as we navigate this ever-changing landscape."

The new board members, including five non-voting observer members appointed from the unsuccessful candidates in the election, are below.

North America:

USA: Bob Frank, Merlin Chairman; Josh Wittman, Red Eye/Yep Roc Records; Steve Savoca, Domino Records U.S.A.; Thomas Silverman, Tommy Boy Records. Canada: Geoff Kulawick, IDLA.

Non-voting members: Peter Wright, Virtual Label, U.S.A.; Susan Ferris, Long Live Crime, U.S.A.


Hein Van Der Ree, Epitaph Records Europe, Netherlands; Horst Weidenmueller, !K7, Germany; Martin Mills, Beggars Group, U.K.; Michel Lambot, PIAS Group, Belgium; Thomas Lorain, Naïve, France.

Non-voting members: Florian Von Hoyer, Galileo MC Spain; Michael Pohl, Kontor New Media, Germany.

Rest Of The World:

Colin Daniels, Inertia, Australia; Marcus Seal, Shock Entertainment Group, Australia; Hilton Roth, African Dope, South Africa; plus the current Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) president Alison Wenham.

Non-voting member: Takashi Kamide, Musicmind, Japan

The board is appointed for a two-year term.

In addition to the companies represented among the board members, Merlin's members also include leading independents such as Ministry of Sound, Warp, Curb, Dramatico, Saddle Creek, KOCH/E1, Kontor, and Finetunes.

Merlin states that its members represent over 9% of the U.S. digital market.