CLA appoints Graf as independent director

CLA appoints Graf as independent director

CLA, the company that helps simplify copyright for content users, has appointed Philip Graf CBE to its board as senior independent director.

Graf is chairman for the Gambling Commission and chair of CfBT Education Trust, a leading education consultancy and service organisation.

In his new role as senior independent director for the CLA, Graf will provide support for the current co-chairs, the managing director and other executives, address shareholders' issues and concerns and represent other rights holders whose works are licensed under Extended Collective Licensing but are without board representation.

The appointment of Graf to this new position follows a recent reduction in the size of the CLA board which restructured in 2014 from 18 to 8 members.  

Philip Graf CBE, said: “I am very happy to be joining CLA as a member of the board. I look forward to working with the current co-chairs in finding ways to best meet the needs of shareholders and rightsholders respectively.”

Adam Singer, joint chair of CLA, said: "Philip brings knowledge from commercial management as well as extensive regulatory experience from journalism, television and gaming. What makes Philip special is his ability to combine these skills with a warmth that encourages dialogue. Every meeting should have a Philip which is why we are so pleased he has agreed to join the CLA board.”