The Entertainment Retailers Association has named Raoul Chatterjee as its new chairman.
Chatterjee is the SVP for music at 7Digital and replaces Paul Quirk, who led the organisation for the past six years. Chatterjee has previously worked at Warner Music UK.
I am honoured to have been elected by my peers to chair ERA at this crucial point for entertainment retailing," said Chatterjee.
"ERA's members have transformed the entertainment market over the past decade to the benefit of both content owners and consumers. It is vital that we work together with our suppliers, our fellow trade associations and with legislators to ensure the healthy business environment we need to continue this work.
Paul Quirk has been an exceptional Chairman of ERA, a doughty fighter for the interests of retailers and has guided ERA as it has transformed itself into a diverse campaigning organisation representing both physical and digital retailers and digital services. In particular he deserves praise for embracing Record Store Day and helping turn it into the most successful new music promotion for at least 20 years.”
Paul Quirk said: ERA's role has never been more central to the future of entertainment than it is today. ERA's members are innovators, investing heavily in new business models and helping music, video and games companies transition to a new world. It has been an absolute pleasure to have chaired the organisation and I am confident Raoul will be an excellent successor.”
Rudy Osorio, Head of Visual at HMV, has been re-elected Deputy Chairman and Chris O'Reilly of Presto Classical has been re-elected Treasurer.
In elections to the ERA Board includes Sanjay Kooper (Asda), Charlotte Knight (GAME) and Michael Mulligan (Tesco) who were re-elected. Markus Bhatia (The Hut) and Drew Hill (Proper Music) join the board for the first time.
ERA Director General Kim Bayley said: We are delighted that the ERA board continues to reflect entertainment retailing in all its rich diversity. I am particularly pleased to welcome Raoul as our new Chairman, who brings a wealth of experience to the role and look forward to working with him over the coming year.”