London 5 March 2014. Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL has today announced that Jonathan Morrish has decided to relinquish his position of Director, PR and Corporate Communications, PPL with effect from the end of August 2014 but has accepted a broad ranging ongoing consultancy role working for the company on a two-day a week basis.
“I have had exactly forty years in this wonderful business, eight great years at PPL, and I felt, as I have discussed with Fran and Peter, that it was time at my age to shift gear a bit and do something different!” said Jonathan Morrish. “I shall still be coming into PPL on a regular basis, but there's much inquisitiveness left inside me and other things already beckon.”
Prior to joining PPL, Jonathan spent three years at The Outside Organisation as Head of Corporate PR. Previously he had a long career at Sony Music in a variety of PR roles, working closely with many of the company's artists and on a variety of corporate issues. He started in the industry as a freelance music writer in the seventies for a number of different titles.
Jonathan is a governor of the BRIT School and a trustee of the BRIT Trust.
Jonathan joined PPL in 2006 first as a consultant and then, after a few months, full time into his current role. He has overseen much change in that time and has significantly helped to raise the awareness of the company amongst both members and licensees.
This has been achieved through a number of PR and media initiatives, including a wide range of targeted local events and campaigns throughout the UK, sponsorship with many industry organisations and awards shows, the launch of MusicWorks (with supporting research on the value of music to business) as well as a range of PPL charts around many different topics - a number of which were broadcast in a series of shows on BBC Radio 2 as 'The PPL's People's Charts'. Much of this work and subsequent coverage have helped to raise overall awareness of PPL, and the necessary licensing requirements, to the point where an average of 600 voluntary applications for public performance licences are now received each month.
“I absolutely respect that Jonathan wants to re-consider his commitments,” said Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL. “However I am delighted that he has agreed to continue in a part time capacity, and bring his considerable ideas, energy and experience to PPL and that his many contacts are not lost to the company. He is a very good friend and colleague and I much look forward to continue working with him.”
"I consider myself very fortunate that eight years ago I persuaded Jonathan to join PPL,” said Fran Nevrkla OBE, Chairman, PPL. “With his long and wide ranging experience and knowledge of the music industry, he quickly became one of the key members of the Executive Management team. His contribution to the success and high profile of PPL is enormous and he remains one of the most highly respected and admired individuals in the UK music industry. A man of absolute integrity.”