Peter Zombik, managing director of BPW and the German IFPI, will exit the Berlin-based industry bodies with effect from Sept. 15.

Zombik joined labels body BPW in 1977, and has served as its managing director since 1982. He added duties as IFPI Germany MD in 1998.

Stefan Michalk will step up from deputy managing director to take the helm of the associations. Before joining the associations in 2006, Michalk head of press and PR for the association of the German magazine publishers.

Michalk will report in his new duties to Michael Haentjes, chairman of the German phonographic associations. Zombik will continue to consult the associations.

Haentjes, who is also chairman of edel AG in Hamburg, paid tribute to Zombik. "The whole industry thanks Peter Zombik that he has accompanied the music industry in its downs and ups in his 30 years," he said.

"With Stefan Michalk we have found somebody who has the strategic and organizing ability to assist the association and its members in this completely new developing and changing of the music-business," Haentjes notes.

In future, Zombik plans to concentrate on running German collecting society GVL, which acts on behalf of performing artists and record manufacturer. Zombik joined Berlin-based GVL as MD in 1998.