IFPI Appoints Global Legal Chief

Perlmutter joins from Time Warner.

The IFPI has appointed intellectual property policy expert Shira Perlmutter to the newly created position of executive VP, global legal policy. She reports to IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy and will oversee the London-based organization's legal policy issues on a worldwide basis.

The IFPI says Perlmutter will "coordinate the recording industry's legal policy strategy internationally, working with governments, lawmakers, other industries, and international organizations on a range of copyright issues, including legislation, international treaties and inter-governmental discussions."

Until recently, Perlmutter served as VP/associate general counsel for Time Warner in New York. Before joining Time Warner in October 2000, she was head of the office of policy and international affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office.

In her two-decade career, she has served as a key negotiator for the U.S. government in the discussions leading to the World Intellectual Property Organization's 1996 Internet Treaties and acted as a consultant to WIPO on copyright and electronic commerce. She has practiced law with the New York-based law firms of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman.