British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year’s Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth, who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years.
“It’s a pleasure to congratulate Ged Doherty on taking over the BPI chair in the New Year,” Wadsworth said in the announcement. “I know Ged has all the attributes to do this job well, and I hope he enjoys his time as Chairman as much as I have.”
Doherty’s music business career dates back to the ’80s, when he worked in artist management. He joined Epic Records in 1992 in a senior marketing position, and in 1996 was appointed managing director of Columbia Records in London. Before the turn of the century he moved to BMG, where he worked with Simon Cowell and was integral in the merger of BMG and Sony Music. He took over the chairman role in 2006 but stepped down in 2011. In recent years he co-founded Raindog Films Ltd., a film production company with Colin Firth.
“I started out in music when I was 16 years old playing in bands in Manchester, a lot has happened since then and I hope some of what I’ve learnt along the way may be of some use in this role,” said Doherty in a prepared statement. “I am honoured and humbled to be following on from Tony, who has been an incredible figurehead for the BPI.”
Added BPI CEO Geoff Taylor: “Tony is a very hard act to follow and he leaves with our profound thanks and best wishes, but I am delighted that in Ged we have one of the few heavyweight executives who could take on this important role.”
Wadsworth worked with the BPI Council to find his successor, adding in new comments, “I am not retiring, just recalibrating… and will continue to be involved in a variety of areas of our industry for as long as they will have me!”