ARIA Announces Board Members for 2006

The Australian Recording Industry Association is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2006:

Denis Handlin AM Chairman Chairman & CEO, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia & NZ
George Ash   Managing Director, Universal Music Australia
Philip Mortlock   Managing Director, Origin Recordings
John O'Donnell   Managing Director, EMI Music
Ken Outch   Chief Operating Officer, Rajon
Ed St John   President & CEO, Warner Music Australasia
David Williams   Chairman, Shock Records


Mr. Handlin said today he was delighted to be re-elected for an eighth consecutive year as Chairman of ARIA and looks forward to another exciting year for the local recording industry.

“I’m very honoured to have been elected Chairman of the ARIA Board once again and am grateful for the continued support of my fellow Board members. Together we worked very effectively in 2005 to protect and advance the interests of the Australian recording industry.” Said Denis Handlin, ARIA Chairman.

In addition, the ARIA Board also confirmed the following committee chair appointments for 2006:

Ed St John   ARIA Music Awards Committee
John O'Donnell ARIA Chart & Marketing Committee
Karen Don (Universal Music Australia) ARIA Copyright Committee
Darryl Sullivan (Universal Music Australia) ARIA Finance Committee

Each of these committees report directly to the ARIA Board and provide invaluable support to the Board in making its decisions during the coming year.

“2006 is shaping up to be a monumental year for the industry,” continues Mr Handlin. “We have already launched our exciting new alliance with Motorola and NOVA which has seen the reintroduction of printed charts in retail, the launch of a national live radio chart countdown on the NOVA network and a number of new promotional initiatives for Australian and international new releases. We’ll be staging the second ARIA Icons: Hall of Fame event, following last year’s very successful launch. This year, ARIA will also celebrate another milestone when it stages the 20 th ARIA Music Awards. And we will also shortly see the launch of the ARIA Digital Download Chart. As always, we remain committed to protecting the industry through our anti-piracy initiatives. During 2006, we’ll be looking to repeat the significant successes that we achieved during 2005, including the successful outcome in the Kazaa litigation.”

Stephen Peach , ARIA’s CEO, said today “2005 was a year of many significant achievements which we will be building on during 2006. This also includes ARIA’s extensive work on legislative reform, particularly in relation to the Copyright Act, to advance the development of the music industry in Australia.”

10 February 2006



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