German labels body the BPW and the national IFPI group will merge from spring 2007. The move was decided Monday (Dec. 11) at the respective general meetings of the associations in Berlin.

With the unification of the two trade bodies, "we reach a more transparent and efficient representation of our interests and a homogeneous mouthpiece for the German music-industry," says edel music AG Michael Haentjes, who has been elected chairman of BPW and German IFPI boards.

The BPW traditionally coordinates internal industry activities, such as statistics and charts; IFPI Germany oversees political, anti-piracy, and international activities.

Jobs will not be affected by the amalgamation, since the two associations are already managed through a joint office in the German capital. The name of the new organization will be announced in spring 2007.

Meanwhile, Dieter Gorny, former chairman of the German music TV network VIVA and currently MTV's European VP for business development and networking relations, has been elected to the IFPI Germany board as deputy chairman.

He is joined on the board by existing members Bernd Dopp, chairman & CEO Warner Music G/S/A; Konrad von Loehneysen, managing director Ministry of Sound Germany; and Birgit Adels, president EMI Music Germany and Austria.

Newly-elected to the BPW-board are Edgar Berger, CEO Sony BMG Music Entertainment Germany; Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Germany; and Kurt Thielen, managing director of Stereo de Luxe.

All the board members will serve single-year terms, and will work on a honorary basis for the associations.