The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association has appointed a new chairman: Raoul Chatterjee, SVP of music at 7digital. The former Warner Music exec is the first person to hold the role with a digital background, although as he explained to Music Week yesterday, he’s unwilling to be put in a box. “I would be uncomfortable being stereotyped as the ‘digital guy’. Over the years I have been the ‘indie record shop guy’, ‘the indie label guy’ and the ‘major label guy’. I would like to be thought of as the pragmatic commercial guy whose objective is to represent his members and work with our partners at labels and games and video companies,” said Chatterjee. His role, working with director general Kim Bayley, will include pressing for continued evolution in digital licensing. “What we cannot do is pretend that the status quo is working as well as it might. My concern is that the longer the industry resists change, the greater the pressure for change and therefore the more likely there will be dramatic change,” he said. “We don’t necessarily want dramatic change. We just want a system which works.”

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