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Executive Changes at Top for RIAA

Mitch Bainwol moves on; Cary Sherman is new chairman/CEO

Will a new man at the top of the Recording Industry Association of America mean a change in attitude toward broadcasters?

Stations and the NAB no doubt will be watching; but a swerve in course now would be a surprise given that the incoming CEO has been coordinating many of RIAA’s policy and business goals for some time.

The RIAA board named Cary Sherman as chairman and chief executive officer of the music trade group. Sherman’s new position takes effect Sept. 1.

He succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who resigned to become chief executive officer of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Bainwol joined RIAA eight years ago.

Sherman has been RIAA president since 2001, after joining as general counsel in 1997. As president, he has coordinated the organization’s legal, policy and business objectives in the areas of technology, licensing, enforcement and government affairs issues, RIAA stated.

Mitch Glazier has been promoted to senior executive vice president. He was executive vice president of public policy and industry relations, where he oversaw industry initiatives including strengthening federal and state copyright laws in the digital age, First Amendment issues, promoting artist and industry relations and coordinating public policy issues with entertainment and technology groups.

Glazier joined RIAA in 2000 as senior vice president of government relations.