U.K. industry veteran Jonathan Morrish is stepping down as director, PR and corporate communications at British collecting society Phonographic Performance Ltd, though he will stay on as a regular member of the team.
Morrish has accepted a broad-ranging consultancy role working with PPL on a two-day a week basis.
“I absolutely respect that Jonathan wants to re-consider his commitments,” comments Peter Leathem, CEO of PPL. “However I am delighted that he has agreed to continue in a part time capacity, and bring his considerable ideas, energy and experience to PPL and that his many contacts are not lost to the company. He is a very good friend and colleague and I much look forward to continue working with him.”
Morrish joined PPL in 2006 initially as a consultant, before rising into a full-time position. Prior to that, he served with PR giant the Outside Organization for three years as head of corporate business and consulted for clients such as HMV, EMI Music Publishing, the Orchard and Sony BMG.
Morrish was a Sony Music stalwart before joining London-based Outside. He joined CBS, later to become Sony Music, as a press officer in the 1970s. He rose steadily up through the ranks to become VP corporate communications for Sony Music Europe from 1995 to 2003. He is currently both a trustee of the Brit Trust and a governor of the Brit School for Performing Arts and Technology in Croydon.
"I consider myself very fortunate that eight years ago I persuaded Jonathan to join PPL,” notes Fran Nevrkla, chairman of PPL. “With his long and wide ranging experience and knowledge of the music industry, he quickly became one of the key members of the executive management team. His contribution to the success and high profile of PPL is enormous and he remains one of the most highly respected and admired individuals in the U.K. music industry. A man of absolute integrity.”
Morrish tells Billboard.biz it’s simply time for new challenges. “I have had exactly forty years in this wonderful business, eight great years at PPL, and I felt, as I have discussed with Fran and Peter, that it was time at my age to shift gear a bit and do something different,” he explains. “I shall still be coming into PPL on a regular basis, but there's much inquisitiveness left inside me and other things already beckon.”