The U.K.’s Association of Independent Music has a new CEO: Silvia Montello. She brings 30 years of experience—in commercial and strategic operations at Universal Music Group, BMG and AWAL, as well as music-rights startup Blokur—to the role, which she will step into on 1/31. Montello replaces outgoing AIM CEO Paul Pacifico, who has joined the Saudi Music Commission as CEO.

Said AIM Chair Nadia Khan, "Silvia's extensive industry background, contact base, business-development skills, passion for diversity and inclusion and vision for the future bring renewed leadership to AIM.”

Most recently CEO of the global trade body Association for Electronic Music—a position she took up in April—Montello said, “Our industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, that evolution bringing with it both opportunities around music consumption and creation, audience development and new technology and challenges for our community to work together to overcome. AIM will continue its commitment to ensuring that our independent creators and rightsholders reap the maximum benefits. We will strive toward a truly diverse and inclusive industry that nurtures great talent from every genre, background and identity.”

Among her many other professional endeavors, Montello founded the music and marketing entity Voicebox Consulting. She also co-founded #remarQabl, an electronic-music label-services and publishing company supporting new talent from underrepresented backgrounds.

She is a trustee of the nonprofit Help Musicians and sits on the advisory board of Moving the Needle (U.K.), an educational platform that supports women in the record industry.