British collection society PRS for Music has appointed Andrea C. Martin as its new Chief Executive and is set to take up the position on June 17.
Martin replaces Robert Ashcroft, who recently announced that he will step down as Chief Executive of PRS for Music on the tenth anniversary of his appointment, at the end of December 2019.
Ashcroft will work with Martin in her transition to the role as Chief Executive.
Her career has been varied and international, working for a diverse range of data-focused and big subscription-based organisations.
She has been President and CEO of three international business units with Readers Digest Association, a multi-brand media and entertainment company, Managing Director of data services for the Royal Mail in the UK and President of ADT Canada.
Martin has experience of working for listed and private organisations, state owned, as well as not-for-profit businesses. A recognised leader and transformation specialist, her focus has been on delivering exceptional customer service and growth, utilising technology and big data. She has a proven track record in building strong teams, investing in employee development and multi-stakeholder communications to lead highly performing businesses.
Martin will lead an organisation of 500 people across two London sites, three joint ventures, representing 140,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.
“I am honoured and excited to lead PRS for Music and have the opportunity to shape the future of a renowned UK and global music business, that is inherent to its songwriters, composers and publishers.”
Andrea C. Martin
Commenting on her appointment Martin said: “I am honoured and excited to lead PRS for Music and have the opportunity to shape the future of a renowned UK and global music business, that is inherent to its songwriters, composers and publishers.
“I look forward to working with the team and the Board to ensure our members and customers are well served.”
“Andrea is an exceptional business leader and I know will continue and accelerate PRS’ development into the world’s leading rights management organisation.”
Nigel Elderton, PRS
PRS Chairman, Nigel Elderton commented: “Andrea is an exceptional business leader and I know will continue and accelerate PRS’ development into the world’s leading rights management organisation.
“Our industry is changing and increasingly competitive; we have to offer the best service and experience to every member, every customer and our employees too. I look forward to working with Andrea to deliver our vision and would like to welcome her on behalf of all of members.”
Said PRS for Music in a statement: “The Board would like to extend their thanks to Robert Ashcroft for his 10 years of service to the organisation and the considerable impact he has made.
“Under his stewardship royalty revenues have grown 70%, the business has been transformed and PRS for Music has successfully led the fight for copyright both in the UK and internationally.”Music Business Worldwide