Dato' Norman Abdul Halim
Dato’ Norman Abdul Halim, Executive President and Group Chief Executive Officer of KRU Group, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Board of International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the organisation representing the recording industry worldwide.
Dato’ Norman, who is the first Malaysian and independent record label head to hold the prestigious Asia-Pacific leadership position, takes over the role of Chairman, which rotates every two years, from Denis Handlin AM, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia. Moving forward, Handlin will continue to serve as a member of the board.
“I am delighted that Norman has agreed to take on the Chairman role. As an artist, producer and MD of a leading entertainment company, Norman brings with him a vast amount of experience and passion which will be of great benefit to the region. I look forward to continuing to work with him on the board and I know that Norman will ensure the increased collaboration throughout the region that we have achieved in the last two years will continue in a very positive way,” said Handlin.
Speaking of his new position, Dato’ Norman commented: “It is a truly a great honour to be elected as the new Chairman of the IFPI Asia-Pacific Regional Board. Denis and his predecessors have left a great legacy and I will in my best endeavour continue to strengthen ties and collaboration amongst independent labels in the Asia-Pacific region, with the strong support that I have been getting from the major record companies. I also hope IFPI will continue to foster positive relationships with governments throughout the region for the betterment of the music industry at large.”
IFPI Asia-Pacific Regional Board was established in 1994. To-date, IFPI’s membership comprises of 1,300 major and independent companies in 60 countries with the mission to promote the value of recorded music, campaign for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate.