Paul Pacifico has been named the new CEO of AIM, the London-based Association of Independent Music, which represents more than 800 U.K. indie music companies and labels, including Domino, XL Recordings, Wichita, Mute, Rough Trade and Cooking Vinyl.
Pacifico succeeds longtime CEO Alison Wenham, who announced that after 17 years at the head of the organization she was stepping down take up a new, full-time role as CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network earlier this year.
AIM’s incoming CEO — who formally takes up his post Nov. 1 — joins the trade body from The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), where he has held the position of CEO since January 2015. He has also previously served as president of the Paris-based International Artist Organisation, and before joining the music business spent a decade working in banking and strategy consultancy before leaving to found creative consultancy Specific Music in 2005.
Pacifico also set up and manages The AllStars Collective, a coalition of more than 40 of the world’s top session musicians, and continues to perform and record with his band, Pacifico Blues.
“I am incredibly excited by this new challenge and am looking forward to building on the incredible work that AIM has done on behalf of the independent music community over the last 17 years,” said Pacifico in a statement confirming his appointment.
“The increasingly important role of independent music both culturally and commercially across the world means that, more than ever, AIM has a key role to play ensuring that our members voices are heard and that they continue to have real say in the future of our industry,” he continued, paying tribute to “the amazing legacy left to me by Alison Wenham.”
The good will was returned by Wenham, who said that she was leaving AIM “with the secure knowledge that in Paul we have someone who has the passion, energy and vision to take the organization forward.”
She continued: “His impressive track record at The FAC, where he campaigned and lobbied tirelessly for artist’s rights demonstrates someone who has real conviction and integrity. AIM is in very safe hands under Paul and we will continue to work together to ensure that the independent music community continues to have real influence on the global stage.”