Tony Clark, PPL’s Director of Licensing, retires. Jez Bell joins as Chief Licensing Officer.

Tony Clark, PPL’s Director of Licensing will be retiring in April 2015 after 14 years with the company. He will be succeeded by seasoned music industry executive, Jez Bell.

In a career that has spanned over 30 years in the music business, industry veteran Tony Clark has worked for a number of different record companies in a wide range of roles before joining PPL in 2001. He started his career at CBS Records before moving onto A&M Records, where he was Deputy Managing Director, and then to Sony Music where he became Vice President of Strategic Marketing.

As Director of Licensing at PPL, Tony has helped to drive significant revenue for PPL’s members, particularly from the broadcasting sector where he was instrumental in negotiating high profile deals with the BBC, ITV and Sky as well as hundreds of other TV Channels, commercial radio stations, webcasters and more.

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL said: “Tony has been a key contributor to PPL’s growth. I, along with everyone in the company, wish Tony a very happy and fulfilling retirement”.

Following Tony’s decision to retire, Jez Bell will join PPL on 1 April 2015 as Chief Licensing Officer. With nearly 25 years of experience in the music industry, Jez has worked for a number of organisations including PRS for Music as Director of Broadcast and Online. Jez also served as Chief Content Officer at Omnifone and most recently, as CEO of rara Media Group Limited, where he led an on-demand streaming service with global licensing and partner deals in 31 territories.