Richard Gooch appointed IFPI chief technology officer

25th June 2013, London

Dr Richard Gooch has been appointed chief technology officer (CTO) of IFPI, the organisation that represents the recording industry worldwide. He will coordinate and advise on technology issues across IFPI's work programme, reporting to chief executive Frances Moore.

The position of CTO is a newly-created role at IFPI as the organisation steps up its work to support its members' developing and expanding revenue streams. High on Richard Gooch's agenda is work on different music industry and metadata initiatives. He will also deliver technology leadership and advice on a wide range of policy issues.

Richard Gooch previously worked at IFPI between 1999 and 2007, latterly as director of technology. He returns to the music industry after a period in the energy sector working in technology services to the global oil and gas industry. Gooch is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in engineering mathematics. He has worked in telecommunications and research, won national engineering awards for innovation and has an extensive list of patents and publications to his name.

Frances Moore says: "I am very pleased to welcome Richard Gooch back to the recording industry. He has a great grasp of technology and the ability to explain it to a lay audience. His skills will help the industry as it works to develop its global sound recording database to the benefit of rights holders around the world."

Richard Gooch says: "I am delighted to be returning to IFPI at this fascinating time. The music industry has made great strides in the digital world in the last few years and I'm really looking forward to taking on this new role and working on some very exciting projects."

For further information contact: Alex Jacob, IFPI London Email: alex.jacob@ifpi.org

Adrian Strain, IFPI London Email: adrian.strain@ifpi.org

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