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Geoff Taylor, Chief Exec of U.K. label trade body BPI, will step down in 2023 after 15 years at the helm of the org. He’s moving on to work more directly in the commercial sector.

Taylor, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, will remain in place until the new year to help new Chair YolanDa Brown find a successor.

“It has been a great privilege to lead the BPI during such a transformational period for British music,” Taylor said. “After much reflection, I have decided that running the BPI for 15 years is enough for any moderately sane individual.”

UMG U.K. Chief David Joseph praised Taylor for his “calm leadership, insight and dedicated work in support of labels right across the country. He has made a significant contribution to our industry, for which we are hugely grateful.”

Sony U.K. boss Jason Iley noted that it takes “real tenacity” to lead an organization for “so long through rapid digital disruption” while maintaining a “tight grip” on the big issues. “The whole industry has benefitted from the BPI’s work combatting piracy, campaigning for export funding, running the BRIT and Mercury prizes to showcase artists and supporting music education,” he added.

Warner U.K. boss Tony Harlow thanked Taylor for his “insightful and forward-thinking leadership” and “unwavering commitment” to ensuring music remains one of the U.K.’s “greatest success stories.”

Prior to leading the BPI, Taylor was General Counsel at the organization and previously held positions at IFPI and U.S. law firm Wilmer Hale.