RIAA Elects Nine New Members to Board of Directors

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Tuesday announced the election of its new board of directors, including nine new members. The board members will serve a four year term, lasting until 2022. 

The news follows the appointment of Mitch Glazier as chairman and CEO and Michele Ballantyne as chief operating officer at the top of the year. Glazier has said one of his priorities in the role was to restructure the board to to include more women, more genres and include executives outside of New York and Los Angeles. 

"As we advocate for a music ecosystem that respects artists and fans, we are fortunate to have talented leaders on our board from a variety of labels representing a broad spectrum of genres and geographies," said Glazier in a statement. "These executives will ensure RIAA is at the forefront as the industry continues to innovate and protect the music that inspires us all, keeping the dream alive for the next generation of music creators." 

The RIAA board oversees operations of the organization, giving expert advice and advocating for industry-wide initiatives. This new board increases the number of members from 20 to 25, and went from a previous gender breakdown of 16 men and four women to the current split of 14 men and 11 women. It also includes a Latin label member for the first time, and increases the representation among indie labels.

See the full RIAA board of directors members here: 

Michele Anthony - Universal Music Group
Michele Ballantyne - Recording Industry Association of America (new member)
Glen Barros - Concord Music Group
Eric Berman - Universal Music Group 
David Bither - Nonesuch Records
Ken Bunt - Disney Music Group
Alisa Coleman - ABKCO Music & Records (new member)
John Esposito - Warner Music Nashville
Mitch Glazier - Chair - Recording Industry Association of America (new member)
Victor Gonzalez - Universal Music Latin Entertainment (new member)
Camille Hackney - Atlantic Records (new member)
Rani Hancock  - Sire Records (new member)
Jeffrey Harleston - Universal Music Group 
Terry Hemmings - Provident Music Group
Kevin Kelleher - Sony Music Entertainment
Sheldra Khahaifa - Sony Music Entertainment (new member)
Dennis Kooker - Sony Music Entertainment
Annie Lee - Interscope Geffen A&M (new member)
Gabriela Martinez - Warner Music Latina (new member)
Deirdre McDonald - Sony Music Entertainment
Paul Robinson - Warner Music Group
Portia Sabin - Kill Rock Stars
Tom Silverman - Tommy Boy Entertainment
Julie Swidler  - Sony Music Entertainment
Will Tanous - Universal Music Group