At the annual meeting of the members of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI) in Berlin, Florian Drücke was unanimously elected new Chairman of the Board. Drücke succeeds Dieter Gorny, who did not resubmit his candidacy this year.
The other BVMI Board members re-elected include Frank Briegmann (President & CEO Central Europe Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon), Bernd Dopp (Chairman & CEO Warner Music Central Europe) and Philip Ginthör (CEO Sony Music Entertainment GSA). Konrad von Löhneysen (Managing Director, Embassy of Music) was confirmed as a board member already in September. He will act as spokesperson for the BVMI's associate members. The BVMI Board is comprised of five members.
The move marks the final step in the reorganization of top officials at the BVMI. Back in September, it was announced that Drücke would henceforth represent the BVMI on an international level as CEO at the IFPI Mainboard and as shareholders' representative at Germany's Collecting Society for Neighbouring Rights (GVL).
"This final step signifies the voluntary board's objective to channel the needs and concerns of the music industry more directly into the political work carried out by the BVMI," said Drücke to Billboard. "It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to advocate the interests of the music industry in this prominent additional role, especially at this very challenging moment in history."