French independent labels trade body UPFI has elected Tot ou Tard MD Vincent Frerebeau as president.

A former A&R with EMI and Warner Music, Frerebeau launched record label Tot ou Tard, notably home to Yael Naim, whose single "New Soul" has been picked by Apple Computer for its latest MacBook Air international campaign.

Frerebeau will hold the UPFI post for two years. He replaces Wagram managing director Stephan Bourdoiseau, who headed UPFI since 2004 and did not apply for a new mandate.

Bourdoiseau will continue to sit on UPFI's executive board, which has also been renewed. Fellow board members include Olivier Lacourt (Discograph), Béatrice Costermans (Naïve), Bertrand Burgalat (Tricatel), Hervé Deplasse (Exclaim) and Marc Thonon (Atmosphériques Editions).

Bourdoiseau and UPFI were notably very proactive in initiating the tax credit scheme, which was adopted in French law in 2006. The scheme allowed record labels to offset part of their expenses on record production.