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Former Universal Music exec John Kennedy was appointed chair-CEO of music industry group the Intl. Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the trade body said Monday.

Kennedy, who will start Oct. 1, replaces Jay Berman, who retires after a six-year stint. Kennedy was the former president-CEO of Universal Music Intl., a position he left in February.

The IFPI reps music labels including Universal, Warner Music, EMI and the newly combined Sony Music-BMG, plus independent labels.

— Reuters

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