Michael Ugwu reappointed as a member of Merlin Board of Directors


Michael Ugwu, CEO of Freeme Digital

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Freeme Digital and Freeme Music, Michael Ugwu has been renamed to the 2022 Board of Directors of Merlin Network.

Ugwu is among 11 members returning to the board for another term. This will be his second term on the board representing Africa after he was first elected as a member in 2020.

Merlin, a Europe-based digital-rights licensing partner for independent music companies, with a membership of over 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from approximately 62 countries, announced its 2022 board via Variety.

The board is elected from and by Merlin’s members and includes representatives from twelve different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania.

Michael Ugwu renamed as a member of Merlin Board of Directors 2022
Michael Ugwu renamed as a member of Merlin Board of Directors 2022

Newly elected to the 2022 board are: Pascal Bittard, owner, Idol (France); Tom Deakin, head of EMEA, AudioSalad (UK); Sandra Ortega, director of global partnerships, Altafonte (Mexico); Louis Posen, president & executive director, Hopeless Records (US); Jason Taylor, sales and label strategy director, Redeye (US); and Yushi Yamashita, president, Rights Scale (Japan).

Returning members to Merlin’s board are: Michael Ugwu, CEO, Freeme Digital (Nigeria); Marie Clausen, head of NA and global streaming, Ninja Tune (US); Michel Lambot, co-founder, [PIAS] (Belgium); Chris Maund, COO, Mushroom Labels (Australia); Carlos Mills, founder & CEO, Mills Records (Brazil).

Others are Martin Mills; founder & chairman, Beggars Group (UK); Darius Van Arman, co-CEO of Secretly Group (US); Pieter van Rijn, CEO, FUGA (Netherlands); Horst Weidenmüller, CEO & Owner, !K7 (Germany); and Justin West, president & CEO, Secret City (Canada).


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