WASHINGTON (CelebrityAccess) — The Recording Industry Association of America has tapped Mitch Glazier to serve as president of the advocacy organization. As well, Glazier has been revealed as the 'heir apparent' and will replace Cary Sherman, the RIAA’s Chairman and CEO when he retires from the organization at the end of 2018 after a storied 40-plus year career.
Glazier has been with the RIAA for more than 18 years. During that time Glazier managed the organization’s public policy and industry relations teams, helping advance a variety of initiatives that helped the American music business transition to a fully digital industry with a stronger set of basic property rights protections. Before joining the RIAA, Glazier served as Chief Counsel for intellectual property to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the charity Musicians on Call, which seeks to bring music to patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the U.S.
“Mitch brings that rare combination of policy chops, political sophistication and a forward-looking view of the business that we need to succeed,” said Jeffrey Harleston, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group. “A proven advocate who works well with those across the music community and our partners, Mitch is more than ready to take the next step in leadership. Needless to say, he has large shoes to fill. For more than 40 years, Cary has served as a selfless leader helping to steer the organization through a daunting series of legal and policy issues. We owe him enormously, thank him and wish him all the best; we are pleased that he will serve through this seamless transition.” – Staff Writers