Epitaph executive Dave Hansen has been chosen to replace Beggars Group founder Martin Mills as chairman of the Merlin board. Merlin, the global rights agency which negotiates with digital services on behalf of independent labels, announced biennial board election results on Wednesday that will also add five new members to the 15-strong board that oversees Merlin strategy.
Martin has served in the role since 2011, having succeeded the organization's first chairman Bob Frank. "Merlin has played a crucial role for independents in the digital marketplace, and it has been a real honour and pleasure to chair it," said Martin, who'll remain on the board. "I'm very happy, at this point, to pass the chairmanship to Dave, who I know will be a great successor, and look forward to continuing to play a central role in the organisation."
Hansen (pictured at right below) currently serves as Epitaph’s senior vp of business development and until recently was a board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). "It is an immense honour to be elected to serve as the new chairman of Merlin,"he said. "I will continue to work closely with Martin Mills, Charles Caldas and the entire Merlin board and staff to deliver big results for our members around the world.”