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Beggars’ Martin Mills Reelected Merlin Chairman, 2 Join Board

image from www.hypebot.comIndie global rights agency Merlin  has announced the results of the biennial election for its 15 seat board. Beggars Group founder Martin Mills who will continue as Merlin chairman. Erik Gilbert (Essential Music & Marketing USA) and Ashley Whitfield (Evolution Music Hong Kong) join the board for the first time.

Full Board Lineup

Seats are divided into three territorial blocs, with equal representation given to North America, Europe and ROW.  The board will sit for two years. 

Non-voting observers added to the North America and Europe blocs are Kris Gillespie (Domino Recording Co, USA), Darius Van Arman (Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Numero Group/Secretly Canadian, USA) Emmanuel de Buretel (Because Music, France) and Oke Goettlich (Finetunes, Germany). No observers have currently been added for the ROW.

The full Merlin board, in alphabetical order per bloc


  • Erik Brataas – Phonofile (Norway)
  • Michel Lambot – PIAS Group (Belgium)
  • Martin Mills – Beggars Group (UK)
  • Florian von Hoyer – Altafonte (Spain)
  • Horst Weidenmueller – K7 (Germany)
  •  Non-voting observers:
    •  Emmanuel de Buretel – Because Music (France)
    • Oke Goettlich – Finetunes (Germany)


  • Glenn Dicker – Redeye Distribution and Yep Roc Records – (USA)
  • Erik Gilbert – Essential Music and Marketing (USA)
  • Dave Hansen – Epitaph Records (USA)
  • Geoff Kulawick – IDLA (Canada)
  • Tom Silverman – Tommy Boy (USA)
  • Non-voting observers:
    • Kris Gillespie – Domino Recording Co (USA)
    • Darius Van Arman - Dead Oceans/Jagjaguwar/Numero Group/Secretly Canadian (USA)


  • Colin Daniels – Inertia (Australia)
  • Hilton Roth – African Dope – (South Africa)
  • Luciana Pegorer – Delira Musica (Brazil)
  • Ashley Whitfield – Evolution Music (Hong Kong)
  • Alison Wenham – President of WIN – representing companies in all ROW countries not represented on the board.
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