John Minch has been promoted to CEO of Imagem Music U.K. Based in London, he will report to André de Raaff, co-founder and CEO of the Imagem Music Group.

Minch's new role will incorporate his position as CEO of classical publisher Boosey & Hawkes, which was acquired by Imagem in April 2008.

As well as retaining responsibility for Imagem's worldwide classical activities as CEO of Boosey & Hawkes, he also takes charge of Imagem's pop catalogues - Rondor Music U.K., Zomba Music U.K., 19 Music and the greater part of the BBC catalog - acquired from Universal Music Publishing Group two years ago following a European Commission antitrust ruling on UMPG.

Minch is also responsible for all new signings, and he will also maintain an international role for the company in his continued position as director of business and digital development.

"I have only known John for just over a year, from the time when we purchased Boosey & Hawkes," said de Raaff in a statement. "I've been impressed from the first day with John's vision as to how to make our catalogs, writers and companies more successful and also to look for non-traditional ways of managing our businesses and people. I'm convinced that the success John and his team have created for Boosey & Hawkes will be applicable for all activities of Imagem U.K. now and in the future, and I'm convinced that he will contribute towards the further growth of our worldwide group as well."

Minch added: "We are building a new type of publishing company - full service, with rental, synch and editorial but with strong financial backing, a global reach and all of the passion and attention of the very best independent. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Tim Smith, managing director of Imagem POP U.K., will now report to Minch.

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