PRS chief executive

PRS for Music announces new CEO

Andrea C. Martin has been appointed chief executive of PRS for Music and will take up the position on 17 June.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 16 May 2019
  • min read
Andrea C. Martin has been appointed chief executive of PRS for Music and will take up the position on 17 June.

Martin has worked for a diverse range of data-focused and subscription-based organisations including Readers Digest Association, Royal Mail and ADT Canada.

She has experience of working for listed and private organisations, state owned, as well as not-for-profit businesses.

A recognised leader and transformation specialist, her focus has been on delivering exceptional customer service and growth, utilising technology and big data.

She also has a proven track record in building strong teams, investing in employee development and multi-stakeholder communications to lead highly performing businesses.

Martin will lead an organisation of 500 people across two London sites, three joint ventures, representing 140,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

PRS for Music has been at the heart of a changing global music industry, leading the way in licensing new services and collecting greater royalty revenues for its members year-on-year.

The business has transformed how rights are managed and data is processed, allowing UK music creators to earn more from their music, wherever and whenever it is used.

Martin said: ‘I am honoured and excited to lead PRS for Music and have the opportunity to shape the future of a renowned UK and global music business, that is inherent to its songwriters, composers and publishers. I look forward to working with the team and the Board to ensure our members and customers are well served.’

Nigel Elderton, PRS chairman, added: ‘Andrea is an exceptional business leader and I know will continue and accelerate PRS’ development into the world’s leading rights management organisation.

‘Our industry is changing and increasingly competitive; we have to offer the best service and experience to every member, every customer and our employees too. I look forward to working with Andrea to deliver our vision and would like to welcome her on behalf of all of members.’

In November 2018, current chief executive Robert Ashcroft announced he would step down after 10 years in the role.