Fredrik Ekander will begin his reign as the new CEO of Bonnier Amigo Music Group with effect from April 1, following the departure of the independent music company's longtime chief Ludvig Werner.

Werner succeeded Jonas Siljemark at the helm of the Swedish firm in January 2003, less than two years after the group was created through the merger of Bonnier Music and Amigo Music.

A former artist and DJ, Ekander comes to the firm with a crammed CV, which includes high-level stints in the music publishing area, including roles as head of A&R and deputy managing director at MCA and Universal Music, MD at Sony/ATV Scandinavia, and vice president at Sony Music Publishing Europe. For the past three years, he has funnelled much of his energies into building Cosmos, his independent Swedish music venture.

Ekander will be tasked with reshaping Bonnier Amigo to compete in the changing new business environment, and position it as "the biggest and most successful independent music company in the Nordics," explains Jonas Eriksson, chairman, Bonnier Amigo Music Group.