Music Publishers Association Group CEO Jane Dyball to Step Down

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Jane Dyball

She has led the U.K. organization since 2014.

Jane Dyball, CEO of the Music Publishers Association Group (MPA), is to stand down in the new year after leading the U.K. organization since 2014. 

During her time at the head of London-based MPA Group, Dyball oversaw a major restructuring of its separate companies, bringing together MPA, Printed Music Licensing Ltd (PMLL) and the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) -- which licenses mechanical (or reproduction) copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members -- under one roof.  

Her tenure has additionally seen the breakaway of pan-European licensing organization IMPEL -- a collective of indie music publishers managed as part of the MPA group, which announced its plans to become a standalone entity last December and partnered with French collection society Sacem earlier this year.  

Dyball's reign has also seen her steer MCPS in its first years as a standalone business, paying down more than £16 million ($21 million) in debt, as well as evolving MPA's member services and developing new licensing schemes at PMLL. Before leaving the organization, Dyball will oversee the completion of a review of MCPS's membership agreement and strategic licensing.

Prior to Dyball's appointment as CEO of MCPS PMLL and IMPEL in 2014, later adding MPA to her roster, she spent 20 years at Warner/Chappell, running business affairs outside of the U.S. and Canada, rising to the post of SVP, international legal and business affairs.

"It's always hard to know when to leave because there is always more to do, and these companies have a really great future. However, I have either completed or set in motion everything on the 'to do' list that I wrote on my first day and it seemed the right time to move on," said Dyball in a statement. 

She added that her time as CEO had been "challenging but rewarding" and expressed gratitude to her team, MPA members and its partners for their support. 

Paying tribute to the departing CEO, MPA chair Jackie Alway said Dyball has been "a force for good at the MPA for the last 4 years, driving innovation and positive change." She stated that its group of companies "companies has been brought together and rendered streamlined and efficient" as a consequence and the association was now "a dynamic organisation... achieving great things."        

"It has been a pleasure and an education to work with Jane over the past years which have been transformational for MCPS during a period of systemic industry change," added MCPS chair Chris Butler. "We are extremely grateful for her hard work and undoubted achievements and she will leave the company in fine shape for her successor as it enters the next phase of its development. "

In a tweet, UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher called Dyball's decision to stand down "a big loss" for the British music industry. "She is incredibly knowledgeable and committed -- wise, cunning, tough, very practical and great fun."    

A successor is yet to be announced.