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Carsten Drachmann appointed ICE chief executive 

20 September 2012

Copyright database owned by PRS for Music and STIM looks to expand


The International Copyright Enterprise (ICE) has appointed Carsten Drachmann from Nokia Siemens as its new Chief Executive. The company, co-owned by UK collecting society PRS for Music and Swedish collecting society STIM, was established in 2007 to deliver copyright services to both its parent companies and other collecting societies.

Drachmann spent 20 years at Nokia Siemens in a variety of roles spanning sales, research and development and software.  Most recently he was VP of Sales in the Professional Services division, focussing on consulting and system integration.  During his tenure at Nokia Siemens he was based in Copenhagen, but had an international focus, which included a 2-year stint in Brazil during which he held responsibility for the entire Latin America region. Carsten Drachmann will report directly to the board of ICE.

On his appointment Drachmann commented: “It’s a hugely exciting time to join ICE and I see great potential for the company. We are already providing a high standard of service to our current customers PRS for Music and STIM and ICE will provide the technology on which the future Global Repertoire Database is based.  My focus will be developing ICE into a commercial organisation with a strong professional service and product offering. Our scope is international and I am looking forward to welcoming our next customers on board very soon.”

Chief Executive of PRS for Music Robert Ashcroft commented: “Carsten has been appointed as Chief Executive because of his extensive experience in the technology sector and in providing business to business services. He is the right man to lead ICE as it enters an exciting new phase in its development, expanding its service offering to new customers.”

ICE has also announced the re-appointment of Wanda Goldwag as Non-Executive Chair of its board of directors. Wanda holds a number of non-executive positions, including that of external director of PRS for Music.

Contact information:

Lotta De Ciccio, Public Relations
ICE Services AB
Gustavslundsvägen 135
SE-167 51 Bromma, Sweden
Email: lotta.deciccio@iceservices.eu
Phone: +46 (0) 8 704 68 02

About ICE

International Copyright Enterprise Services AB (ICE) is a Professional Service Company offering advanced services on administration of musical rights. The Company was formed in 2007 building new applications for copyright administration and started its operational business in 2010. The main operation with 80 people is based in Stockholm, Sweden, but operates globally with customers in several countries.

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 118,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £537.4m in 2015, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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