EMI Group plc has appointed Sly Bailey as senior independent director. Based in London, Bailey succeeds John Gildersleeve who was recently appointed chairman of EMI Group.

Currently the CEO of British newspaper publishing group Trinity Mirror, Bailey has been a non-executive director of the London-based major since April 2004. She will now also chair EMI's remuneration committee. Bailey is expected to have a key role in repairing relations with shareholders after EMI issued a profit warning in January.

Bailey, 45, implemented a strategic review of Trinity Mirror upon arrival there in February 2003, and devised a three-phrase efficiency plan. In February 2004, Trinity Mirror announced its best year-on-year profit improvement since it was formed in 1999 from the merger of Trinity and Mirror Group.

Bailey is also a director of The Press Association, the president of NewstrAid, a charity for the newspaper distribution and retail industry, and a board member of the NSPCC Stop Organised Abuse Appeal.

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