Mitch Bainwol to Head RIAA

Aug 4, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The RIAA named GOP political veteran Mitch Bainwol as its chairman and chief executive, beginning September 1, 2003.

Bainwol, who recently opened his own consulting firm, was briefly the Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and before that, he was the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raises money to get Senate Republicans elected. He also was Chief of Staff to former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, R-Fla., for almost a decade.

Cary Sherman, president and general counsel of the RIAA, and member of the search committee, said, “Mitch’s strong background and experience will be a real asset to the RIAA. We welcome him to the RIAA and look forward to working with him on the important issues facing our industry at this crucial time.”

"Mitch brings to the RIAA the consummate insider's understanding of political nuance in Washington," said Roger Ames, chairman and chief executive of Warner Music Group, in a statement. "I'm confident he has the ability to clearly communicate the issues and challenges the music industry faces and to partner effectively with the computer, consumer electronics and music publishing businesses to help us address those issues in all appropriate forums."

Stated Bainwol, “I'm delighted to take on this role. It is an honor to be associated with such a talented and creative group. I am especially pleased to be working in partnership with Cary Sherman, and look forward to tapping into his expertise about the music business. What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great American traditions: music and property rights?”

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