Fran Nevrkla, chairman and CEO of U.K. collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd, has become the first European-based executive to be appointed to the board of the U.S.-based Copyright Alliance.

Nevrkla is now the seventh member on the board of the copyright promotion organisation. The CA describes itself as a non-profit, non-partisan educational organisation dedicated to promoting the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth.

In a statement, Nevrkla said: "All politicians, law makers and business leaders are fully aware of the enormous global significance of transatlantic trade. A similar degree of awareness is developing in terms of the importance of intellectual property rights in the 21st Century global economy."

The Alliance's executive director Patrick Ross added: "We're delighted to have Fran and PPL join the Copyright Alliance board. PPL is an impressive organisation providing service to creators and investors which is in keeping with our membership.

PPL collects domestic and international broadcast/new media revenues and public performance income from recorded music on behalf of over 3,500 record companies and 40,000 performers. In 2006, it collected license fee income of £97.9 million ($193 million).