Suzanne Smith (pictured), the first-ever Managing Director of UK public performance joint venture PPL PRS Ltd. is leaving her role at the business.
Christine Geissmar, Chief Operating Officer at PPL, has stepped in as interim Managing Director to lead the business until a new Managing Director is appointed.
As MD of PPL PRS Ltd., Smith oversaw its launch in Leicester, the creation of TheMusicLicence, which represents both companies’ rights for public performance, and the launch of the business in February 2018.
Peter Leathem, PPL
Commenting on the move, PPL Chief Executive Officer Peter Leathem said: “Suzanne, with her drive and energy, has been invaluable in building the foundations of PPL PRS Ltd over the last two years.
“We are grateful to her for the commitment and dedication she has shown to this initiative to simplify access to the licences businesses need when they play or perform music and wish her every success in the future.”
Robert Ashcroft, PRS for Music
PRS for Music Chief Executive Robert Ashcroft, added: “We are indebted to Suzanne for her leadership both before and after the launch of the business and look forward to building on the foundations she has created, to communicating the value that music brings to businesses and to growing the royalty revenues on which our respective memberships depend.”Music Business Worldwide