Eric Baptiste is the new chief executive of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the organization has announced.

Baptiste will join SOCAN in May, replacing André LeBel who announced his plans for retirement last year.

Baptiste is currently the CEO of the International Confederation of the Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). In his 12 years at CISAC, Baptiste created a "world copyright summit," and helped raise the profile of the organization. Prior to taking his position at CISAC, he ran a commercial radio station in Paris.

"SOCAN is a remarkable performing rights organization, with a proud history of innovation and outstanding success throughout its 20-year history," Baptiste said in a statement. "It's a great honor to join its leadership team and have the opportunity to build on its success."

SOCAN's board of directors say it hired Baptiste for his extensive international experience in dealing with rights management, as well as his proven leadership capabilities.

A SOCAN search committee interviewed "from a broad field of executives" for the position, guided by search firm Odgers & Berndtson.