The Merlin Board - Merlin

Strategic
and Dynamic

The Merlin Board*:

  • Informs the Merlin team with a diversity of voices and innovative perspectives from across our global membership.
  • Ensures that our organizational objectives equally benefit all members, regardless of size, region, or catalog.
  • Elected by and from Merlin’s global membership.

Responsibilities of the Merlin Board

The Merlin Board is responsible for:

  • Governance, oversight and approvals including the admin fee percentage, Merlin’s annual budget, equity holdings, the Merlin membership agreement, and the Merlin membership criteria.
  • Providing perspective into independent activity and local music industries in countries around the world.
  • Participating in strategic conversations and ensuring that what’s important to independents is being heard by the Merlin Team.

Structure of the Merlin Board

  • The Merlin Board has a total of 16 board seats, with nominations and elections held every two years for all seats.
  • The Merlin Board is divided regionally to ensure geographic and cultural diversity, as follows:
    –  5 Board Members from the US & Canada
    –  5 Board Members from the UK & Europe
    –  5 Board Members from all other regions
    –  1 rotating Board Member seat
  • Every Merlin Member is eligible to nominate a candidate (provided that member joined Merlin at least one year prior to the election process) and every member has an equal vote to elect the Merlin Board.

Meet Our Board

(2024-2026)

Darius van Arman Chairperson
Co-CEO, Secretly
United States

Pascal Bittard Founder and CEO, IDOL France

Golda Bitterli VP of Sales, Revelator Israel

Marie Clausen Managing Director North America, Ninja Tune United States

Jeffrey Chiang Director of Global Business, Fluxus South Korea

Tom Deakin Head of EMEA, AudioSalad United Kingdom

Dorothee Imhoff Advisory Board Member
CCO, FUGA
United Kingdom

Fer Isella Founder and CEO, limbo music Spain

Megan Jasper CEO, Sub Pop Records United States

Irina Lipczyk-Kolakovska Digital Distribution Lead, e-muzyka Poland

Chris Maund COO, Mushroom Labels Australia

Carlos Mills Founder & CEO, Mills Records Brazil

Jennifer Newman Sharpe Advisory Board Member, General Counsel, Exceleration United States

Louis Posen President & Executive Director, Hopeless Records United States

Michael Ugwu CEO, Freeme Digital Nigeria

Horst Weidenmueller CEO, !K7 Germany

Justin West President, Secret City Records Canada

Simon Wheeler Director of Global Commercial Strategy, Beggars United Kingdom

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