Merlin Sets Board for 2015-17, Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman

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Beggars Group owner Martin Mills attends the 2012 A2IM Libera Awards at Le Poisson Rouge on June 21, 2012 in New York City.

Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of indie digital rights group Merlin. The not-for-profit agency also announced results of its board elections, with executives from Epitaph, Because Music and elsewhere earning two-year terms.

According to Merlin, this year saw a record number of candidates standing for election, as well the highest ever percentage of votes cast by Merlin members. Board seats are divided into three territories, with five members each for North America, Europe and R.O.W. (rest of the world).

North America
Darius van Arman 
- Secretly Group (USA)
Dave Hansen – Epitaph Records (USA)
Erik Gilbert – Essential USA inc. t/as CV America (USA) 
Justin West - Secret City Records (Canada)
Tom Silverman - Tommy Boy (USA)

Europe
Emmanuel de Buretel 
- Because Music (France)
Erik Brataas - Phonofile (Norway)
Horst Weidenmueller - !K7 Records (Germany)
Martin Mills - Beggars Group (UK)
Michel Lambot – [PIAS] Group (Belgium)

R.O.W.
Ashley Whitfield
 - Evolution Music (Hong Kong)
Colin Daniels - Inertia (Australia)
Luciana Pegorer - Delira Musica (Brazil)
Scott Muir – Dunedinmusic.com (New Zealand)
Yoel Kenan - Africori (South Africa) 

Commenting on the election results, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas said he was "delighted that so many of our members took the opportunity to vote in this election, and that Merlin remains of such importance to their digital business. The two years ahead will be critical for the independent label sector, but Merlin is in better shape than ever to help our members realise the opportunities ahead."


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