Platinum Member of the Under 40 CEOs Network and former General Manager of Sony Music West Africa, Michael Ugwu has been appointed to the board of Merlin Network to represent Africa.This is the first time a Nigerian will be appointed to the board as the seat has always been previously occupied by South Africa.
Micheal Ugwu is set to represent Africa after his appointment as one of the 15 members on the board. Ugwu is excited about this as this marks a huge leap for Nigeria’s music industry.
Michael Ugwu, who is the founder and CEO of Nigeria’s pioneer online digital music distributor, Freeme Digital, was one of eight new executives announced last week to represent Africa on Merlin’s 15-member board.
The other incoming board members are Alexandria Hock of Better Noise Music; Carlos Mills of Mills Records; Chan Kim of FLUXUS, Inc.
Other Board members are: Katie Alberts of Reach Records; Marie Clausen of Ninja Tune; Merida Sussex of Stolen Recordings; and Pieter van Rijn of FUGA.
Michael Ugwu described the appointment into the board as an important milestone in the evolution of Nigeria’s music industry and it’s growing acceptance and expanding footprint in the global music scene.
Merlin Network is a Europe-based digital rights agency for independent record labels, with a membership of over 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from approximately 62 countries with offices in London, Tokyo, and New York.
Under 40 CEOs wishes Michael Ugwu all the best in this new role and future endeavours.