UK music licensing body PPL has appointed its first chief technology officer. Mark Douglas joins from consulting firm Deloitte, where he was a programme leader. His job now will be to boss PPL’s technology strategy, including internal IT systems and outward facing technology for PPL’s customers and members. “Data and technology systems have a critically important role to play in enhancing the service we provide to the music industry and I have been hugely impressed by the way in which the PPL leadership team have embraced this,” says Douglas. “The investment over the past few years in modernising its systems’ landscape and the creation of this new role are testament to the ambition of the company.” Douglas joins as PPL prepares for chairman and CEO Fran Nevrkla to relinquish his CEO role at the end of 2011, to be replaced by Peter Leathem.