Graham Henderson, senior VP of business affairs and e-commerce at Universal Music Canada, will replace Brian Robertson as president of the Canadian Recording Industry Assn. (CRIA), effective Nov. 15.
Henderson has worked at Universal Music Canada for five years. Previously, he was an entertainment lawyer in Toronto.
Robertson is stepping down after three decades heading CRIA. He will stay on as a consultant to the organization for six months, with the title of chairman emeritus.
Robertson has led CRIA since the mid-’70s. He was also a driving force in the 1975 formation of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the governing body of the annual Juno Awards. He served as president of the Academy from 1979-83.
CRIA is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. CRIA’s membership includes the major record companies, independent labels and manufacturers. The body represents 95% of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada.