Maren Ruhfus will take the helm of the newly-created political information offices for German collection society GEMA, with effect from Feb. 1, 2007.

Since 1998, Ruhfus has served as chief of the Berlin office of the German Boersenverein, the association of German book publishers.

By establishing the new GEMA offices in Berlin and Brussels, the society says it intends to step-up dialog with politicians in Germany and Europe, and make its activities more transparent to decision-makers.

Founded in Jan. 14, 1903, GEMA was the first authors' rights society in Germany to be formed as a legal and financial entity.