DiMA (The Digital Media Association) which represents streaming services including Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube, is recruiting for a new President & CEO.
That means that DiMA’s current President & CEO, Garrett Levin, is exiting the role. The exec announced his departure in a post on social media.
“This summer, my family and I will be relocating to Geneva, Switzerland because of my wife’s job. In conjunction with that relocation, I will be concluding my tenure as President and CEO of The Digital Media Association (DiMA),” wrote Levin in the post announcing his departure.
The exec added that he will continue leading DiMA through his departure as the DiMA Board conducts a search for his replacement.
Levin joined the organization in 2019 and his contract was extended for another three-year term back in February 2022.
According to the new job ad for the President and CEO role, DiMA “seeks a President & CEO to manage all aspects of DiMA’s advocacy efforts”.
The post adds: “The President & CEO has executive management responsibility for the affairs of the association and performs the duties assigned by the Board of Directors.”
Prior to DiMA, Levin served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Policy at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
He also served as senior counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT), as an international and domestic copyright policy attorney at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and as a litigator in private practice.
“I have no doubt that the fantastic DiMA team and the dedicated representatives of our member companies who made this such a remarkable job for me will allow my successor to take DiMA to even greater heights.”
Writing in a post on LinkedIn, Garrett Levin said: “This summer, my family and I will be relocating to Geneva, Switzerland because of my wife’s job. In conjunction with that relocation, I will be concluding my tenure as President and CEO of The Digital Media Association (DiMA). I will continue leading DiMA through my departure as the DiMA Board conducts a search for a replacement.
Added Levin: “I have been honored to lead this organization over the past four-plus years and am deeply proud of our many successes during that time. We reached a landmark settlement with music publishers and songwriters, continued the important work of turning the Music Modernization Act into operational reality, forged stronger relationships between streaming services and other music stakeholders, and continuously told the story of the vital role that streaming plays in today’s music industry.
“I am excited to watch the next chapter of DiMA unfold. I have no doubt that the fantastic DiMA team and the dedicated representatives of our member companies who made this such a remarkable job for me will allow my successor to take DiMA to even greater heights.”
Levin’s successor as President and CEO at DiMA will need to have a minimum of 10 years’ Government Relations/Public Affairs Experience, specifically in “dealing with complex and high-profile legislative and regulatory matters, preferably within a corporate, law firm and/or trade association environment”.
They will also need to have “strong political acumen and expertise in the political process at the federal level” with regulatory work experience strongly preferred.
Additionally, they will need to have a keen understanding of the issue areas that affect the streaming industry, including music policy, technology policy, licensing and copyright issues.
Other background requirements include:
● Leadership Experience: Outstanding manager of teams. Demonstrated ability to develop strategy and implement tactics for both proactive and reactive government relations. Track record of successfully building, leading, training, and coaching teams.
● Stakeholder Management and Collaboration: Demonstrable experience partnering with diverse internal and external stakeholders to drive consensus on important policy positions and relevant strategies.
“We thank Garrett for his time leading DiMA and his commitment to assist with the coming transition to DiMA’s future leadership.”
In a statement issued to MBW, DiMA’s Board said: “We thank Garrett for his time leading DiMA and his commitment to assist with the coming transition to DiMA’s future leadership. During his tenure, DiMA has played a critical role underscoring streaming services’ work to support and create opportunity for the music industry. He played an important role in the settlement of Phono IV and increasing DiMA’s stature through research and engagement. We wish Garrett and his family well in their move and expect he will continue to serve as a leading voice on issues impacting music.”
“Now, as much as ever, the industry needs DiMA as a steady voice that advocates for pro-innovation policies that have facilitated the resurgence of the music industry. We are excited about the possibilities ahead for DiMA and its mission to promote and protect the ability of music fans to legally engage with creative content whenever and wherever they want it, and for artists to more easily reach longtime fans and make new ones.”Music Business Worldwide