ARIA Announces Board Members for 2004

The Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2004:

Denis Handlin


Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Aust.

Shaun James

Vice Chairman

Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Australia

George Ash


Managing Director, Universal Music Australia

Charles Caldas


Managing Director, Shock Records

Philip Mortlock


Managing Director, Origin Recordings

John O'Donnell


Managing Director, EMI Music Australia

Michael Parisi


Managing Director, Festival Mushroom Records

Ed St John


Managing Director, BMG Australia Limited

David Vodicka


Managing Director, Rubber Records

Mr Denis Handlin was re-elected as Chairman for ARIA for 2004 and Mr Shaun James was elected as Vice Chairman.   Mr Handlin said today:

"I am very honoured to be asked by my colleagues to Chair ARIA for the sixth consecutive year. It is important to maintain the Chair, and Vice Chair positions, for 2004 as it will be a challenging year with important copyright issues and increased government relations to handle with the election later in the year.   Next year, however, it will be time to rotate the Chairman role. The ARIA Board worked very effectively in 2003 and together we are committed to continuing this year the numerous activities that ARIA pursues for the benefit of the industry, our artists and the music loving public".


In addition to the appointments of Chairman and Vice Chairman, the ARIA Board also made the following committee chair appointments for 2004:

•  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.   In relation to these appointments, Mr Handlin commented:

"I am pleased that all of these people have agreed to accept reappointment to these roles.   The committee system is very important to the proper functioning of ARIA and each of these individuals has displayed great commitment to the successful operation of each of their respective committees".

In looking forward to 2004, Mr Handlin commented:

"I am very confident that the Australian record industry will continue to successfully meet the challenges facing it.   I think that 2004 is going to be a great year for Australian music in particular and, even at this early stage, the ARIA Awards for 2004 look set to be the best ever.   We are also looking very carefully at staging a separate Hall of Fame presentation.   We are doing a lot of work on that right now and we hope to make an announcement about the event in the very near future".


Mr Handlin concluded:

"Of course, ARIA and its CEO, Stephen Peach , will continue to be active on a wide range of matters of interest and benefit to ARIA's members.   These include the all important areas of government lobbying to advance the industry's interests, the management of anti-piracy initiatives, the production of important statistical and sales information including the weekly ARIAnet sales charts and a host of other important industry initiatives.


Back Row, L to R:

Michael Parisi (Festival Mushroom Records), Shaun James (Warner Music),
George Ash (Universal Music), Charles Caladas (Shock Records),
David Vodicka (Rubber Records), Ed St John (BMG Australia)

Front Row, L to R:

John O'Donnell (EMI Music),
Denis Handlin - ARIA Chairman - (Sony Music Entertainment Australia),
Philip Mortlock (Origin Records)


5th March 2004



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