Dieter Gorny has been elected chairman of the new German music industry body Bundesverband Musikindustrie (Music Industry Association), formed from the merger of the German labels body BPW, and the German IFPI group.

Gorny succeeds Michael Haentjes, CEO & chairman of edel AG in Hamburg, who was chairman of both bodies for two years but did not seek to continue in the role.

"During the past two years Michael Haentjes has set the necessary course in the associations," said Gorny in a statement. "The whole industry thanks Michael Haentjes for that."

Gorny started the first German music channel, VIVA, in Cologne in 1993. When MTV bought VIVA in 1994, Gorny became executive VP MTV Networks Europe for business development and network relations. He left MTV in late 2006 and was elected deputy chairman of BPW in December 2006.

"With Dieter Gorny we have found the ideal person to represent the interests of the music industry internally and externally," said the board of the new association in a statement.

On the new board of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie are: Michael Haentjes (CEO & chairman, edel AG), Birgit Adels (president, EMI Music GSA), Edgar Berger (president, Sony BMG Germany), Frank Briegmann (president & CEO, Universal Music Germany), Bernd Dopp (Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Central & Eastern Europe) and Konrad von Lohneysen (managing director, Ministry of Sound). Kurt Thielen left the board, because his company Zebralution was bought by Warner Music Germany.