DiMA Names Digital Media Veteran Chris Harrison as New CEO
For Immediate Release
Date: April 18, 2017
(Washington, D.C.) – The Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade group representing the interests of the nation’s leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books, today announced that Christopher Harrison has been named the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Harrison will oversee the organization’s public policy initiatives and strategic direction, serving as a central figure in the continued growth of the digital media economy.
“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead DiMA into the future and am thrilled to work with such an impressive membership,” said Harrison. “The innovative member companies that comprise DiMA and enable access to the greatest diversity of content are a critical part of the creative industry’s value chain, paying billions of dollars in royalties and license fees to content creators each year. As the pace of innovation continues to increase, it’s more important than ever that all stakeholders work together, and I look forward to leading that effort and ensuring consumers continue to enjoy and engage meaningfully with creative content.”
For more than a decade Harrison has been a key executive at digital media distributors, where he has successfully navigated complex music licensing issues amongst music publishers, record labels and their collective licensing organizations. A recognized expert on music copyright and antitrust issues, Harrison has testified twice before Congress and was recently named one of the top music lawyers by Billboard. Prior to DiMA, Harrison was Vice President of Music Business Affairs for Sirius XM Radio Inc., and previously was Vice President of Business Affairs and Assistant General Counsel at Pandora Media, Inc. Harrison received his J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“DiMA is excited to work with Chris Harrison to further its mission of advocating for business and regulatory environments that support the growth and success of digital media,” the DiMA Board of Directors said. “At a time of unprecedented growth in the digital media industries and huge customer demand for an ever-increasing selection of creative content, we look forward to Harrison’s leadership to help further technological innovations and the fair, equitable consumption of digital content.”
The Digital Media Association (“DiMA”) is the trade association representing the legal and policy interests of the nation’s leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books. Member companies include: Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pandora, Napster and Spotify. DiMA members are constantly developing new and innovative ways to provide consumers with increased access to legitimate online content, and DiMA helps its members accomplish this objective by representing the industry in a wide variety of legal, political and regulatory matters. www.digmedia.org