Jeff Taylor is stepping down as CEO of British registered retail company BPI – Newsofcanada

Jeff Taylor is stepping down as CEO of BPI, The trade association representing the major and independent brands in the UK.

In a press release announcing the news, BPI said Taylor plans to move elsewhere “to a more direct commercial role,” after working in brand associations for 25 years, including leadership for more than 15 years. to BPI.

Taylor, who is based in London, says he has agreed to stay until early 2023 while the organization recruits a successor.

He was appointed CEO of BPI in February 2007 and is also CEO of the annual BRIT Awards Show (The BPI He oversees both the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize).

Prior to joining BPI, Taylor served as general counsel and executive vice president at IFPI, the organization that represents the music industry worldwide, from 2005 to 2007.

Taylor served as General Counsel at BPI between 2003 and 2005 during his earlier stint with the organization. Prior to that, between 1997 and 2003, Taylor worked as a Senior Legal Counsel at IFPI.

Between 1995 and 1997 Taylor worked as a lawyer at the Belgian law firm WilmerHale.

Taylor’s legal career began at the University of Sussex, where he taught between 1987 and 1991, graduating with BA Honors in Law with French/European Studies. He also holds a postgraduate degree in European Law, which he taught between 1992 and 1993 at the College of Europe in Bruges.

According to the BPI, if a Former IFPI General Counsel, Taylor helped industry and UK government obtain support for copyright term extension and Ied BPI’s strategy to reduce online music piracy”.

This included, according to the BPI, “blocking access to illegal P2P sites and disrupting live broadcasts, and negotiating global policy changes with Google, Facebook and online ad networks to reduce illegal sites.”

Taylor also oversaw the transition of the BRIT Awards to O2 in London, according to BPI, as well as the event’s “long-term strategy to expand digital participation, global reach and revenue.”

He is also credited with directing BPI’s 2015 acquisition of the Mercury Prize and, according to BPI, for the UK government’s creation of the Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS), managed by BPI, which has awarded more than £4 million in grants to independent artists and artists. in the UK.

Taylor is also credited with BPI for playing a key role since 2007 in “overseeing the industry’s relationship with government” in the UK, including most recently with DCMS on the economics of music streaming and market research related to the music industry. Study of the Competition and Markets Authority.

“It has been a great privilege to lead BPI during this transformative period for British music.”

Jeff Taylor, BPIA

Jeff Taylor, CEO of BPI, He said: “It was a great privilege to lead BPI during this transformative period for British music.

“With a new chief appointed and we have 50e Anniversary next year, BPI seems to open a new chapter. After much thought, I decided that running a BPI for 15 years is enough for anyone in good health, and now is the time Using my experience more directly in a commercial environment. I have agreed to stay until early 2023 to help our new President Yolanda Brown find a suitable successor.

“I would like to thank the wonderful team of BPI, former President Jade Doherty, our independent members and most importantly for their wisdom, humor and steadfast support. I wish Yolanda and all the members every success.”

“Jeff’s insightful leadership and forward-thinking has benefited the industry as it has faced tremendous challenges over the past 15 years.”

Tony Harlow, Warner Music UK

Tony Harlow, CEO of Warner Music UKAdded: “Jeff’s insightful leadership and forward-thinking has benefited the industry as it has tackled enormous challenges over the past 15 years.

“His argument that copyrights should be respected online has helped secure a sustainable and growing music industry in our country, which has brought international success to artists like Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Dua Lipa.

Harlow continued: “He has been the driving force behind BPI’s successful strategies to reduce music piracy and policies to support music in the UK, such as the music export growth scheme.

“Jeff expertly led the BRIT Awards, making the show modern and relevant, while raising vital funds for BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins. Warner Music expresses deep gratitude to Jeff for his unwavering commitment to ensuring that music remains one of this country’s greatest success stories.”

“It takes real determination to lead an organization through rapid digital disruption for so long – we wish Jeff all the best and thank him for his tireless advocacy of British music.”

Jason Ely, Sony Music UK

Jason Eli MBE, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music UKHe said: “The music industry has gone through massive changes over the past 15 years and in that time Jeff has led BPI with a strong understanding of the big issues.

“The entire industry has benefited from BPI’s anti-piracy work, a drive to fund exports, and the introduction of BRIT and Mercury Awards to showcase artists and support music education.

“It takes real determination to lead an organization through rapid digital disruption for so long – we wish Jeff all the best and thank him for his tireless advocacy of British music.”

“Jeff has been a strong advocate for our industry and has always worked to ensure that the interests of freelancers are represented on BPI.”

Jamie Auburn, Dirty Hit

Jamie Auburn, Founder and Managing Director of Dirty HitHe said: “Jeff has been a strong advocate for our industry and has always worked to ensure that the interests of the self-employed are represented at BPI.

“We’ve seen the benefits with Dirty Hit, as our artists have won MEGS export funding and gained huge popularity through the Mercury Prize and The BRITs.

“BPI’s free training and international support for Indies have also been greatly expanded. We are very sad to see him leave, but we know he will continue to make a significant contribution to the company.”

“He has made a great contribution to our industry, we are very grateful for that and we wish him all the best as he launches in his new direction next year.”

David Joseph CBE, Universal Music UK

David Joseph CBE, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UKHe said: “Jeff’s calm leadership, insight and dedicated work in support of labels across the country and the BRIT Trust have been constants in a period of massive change for the music business.

“He has made a great contribution to our industry, we are very grateful for that and we wish him all the best as he launches in his new direction next year.”

“Jeff will forever be a part of the BPI family. He will leave a great legacy with many exceptional performances and a strong team.”

Yolanda Brown, BPIA

Yolanda Brown, new president of BPI, said: “Jeff will forever be a part of the BPI family. He will leave a great legacy with many exceptional performances and a strong team.

“I am grateful that he has stayed with us to ensure a smooth transition and I wish him all the best on his next journey. I know we will enjoy working to ensure the future success of BPI.”Music company around the world

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