Kobalt Music Group has recruited Tomas Ericsson to take up the new position of president, society relations.

Ericsson, who joins the Kobalt executive management team, will be responsible for extending and maintaining Kobalt’s relationships with global performance societies and digital service providers.

He comes to Kobalt from Swedish performance society STIM, where he has served as deputy CEO since 2010 and as CFO from 2006-2007. From 2009, Ericsson added duties as STIM’s executive director of media and international markets responsible for all aspects of licensing of broadcasting and online, including acquisition of repertoire. 

In 2007, Ericsson was appointed managing director of ICE, a joint-venture between STIM and PRS for Music aimed at creating a world-class back office service for global rights administration.

Prior to his arrival at STIM, Ericsson worked for Universal Pictures as managing director for the Nordics and as finance director for Dell Computers in the Netherlands and Denmark.

Ericsson “is one of the most experienced and forward-looking senior society executives in the world, and we’re looking forward to working together to develop and further improve our leading global collection services for our clients," comments Willard Ahdritz, founder and CEO of Kobalt, to whom he reports.