Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, was re-elected today as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) for a record ninth year.

The elections took place at ARIA's offices in Sydney. Each term is for 12 months, and takes effect immediately.

Handlin said that despite the Australian court victory over the Kazaa software's Sydney-based parent Sharman Networks, illegal file-sharing was a major problem, and working with Internet Service Providers to eradicate the practice was a priority.

Another significant aim for ARIA, he said, was to lift the profile of its weekly charts by furthering strategic alliance with mobile phone company Motorola, which sponsors the charts, and DMG Radio's Nova network which broadcasts the new chart nationally each Sunday.

Also elected to the ARIA board were George Ash, managing director of Universal Music Australia; Marcus Seal, CEO of Shock Records; Ed St John, president and CEO Warner Music Australasia; Philip Mortlock, managing director of Origin Recordings; John O'Donnell, managing director of EMI Music; and Ken Outch, COO of Rajon.

Today's board meeting also saw the appointment of the chairs for various committees, which advise the board on key decisions.