Graham Henderson is leaving his pivotal post as president and CEO of Music Canada after 15 years at the helm.
The announcement was made Thursday (May 28) by the Music Canada Board and Henderson.
“I have been given the great honour and privilege of serving the members of Music Canada and the wider music community for 15 thrilling and rewarding years. And throughout this entire time, I have had the unalloyed joy of working with the most incredibly dedicated, effective team of music lovers in the world: my staff! ,“Henderson said. “I have absolutely every confidence that the staff, the Board and everyone at Sony, Universal and Warner will go forward from strength to strength. I hope that my experience and insight may be of some value down the road.”
On behalf of the Board, Chairperson Jennifer M. Sloan said, “We thank Graham for guiding Music Canada through a period of phenomenal growth and transition, including his dogged domestic and international championing of copyright reform and protection. Graham has led Music Canada’s transformation, strengthening our executive team and developing a clear strategic path forward as the trusted voice of the music industry in Canada and a recognized global partner.”
Graham added, “As for me? Well, my passion for the cause will never abate. In the meantime, I have one of the best darn poetry websites in the world and you are all welcome to join me as I explore the life and times of the revolutionary writer, Percy Bysshe Shelley! He reflects my mood best in these lines: ‘The world’s great age begins anew, The golden years return, The earth doth like a snake renew…A brighter Hellas rears its mountains…Another Athens shall arise.’”
He will continue to serve as CEO until June 17; meantime, the search is on for a new CEO and The Board will initiate a search to identify a new CEO. Jackie Dean, Chief Operating Officer, and Patrick Rogers, Vice President Corporate Affairs, will serve as interim co-Chief Executive Officers, effective June 18, 2020.