Michael S. Simon promoted to president and CEO

Music publishing rights management org the Harry Fox Agency has tapped Michael S. Simon as its new president and CEO, the org announced on Monday.

Previously serving as senior vp of business affairs, general counsel and chief strategic officer for the HFA, Simon has been a part of the agency for 11 years. His predecessor, Gary L. Churgin, will be departing the agency.

Founded nearly a century ago by the National Music Publishers Assn., the HFA is the country’s largest collector and distributor of mechanical license fees, servicing more than 46,000 music publishing clients.

“Since he joined HFA in 2001 to head the licensing division, Simon has been a strong advocate to modernize HFA and move the company into new lines of business, progressively overseeing more of HFA and proving himself a leader and visionary within the organization,” said NMPA and HFA chairman Irwin Z. Robinson in a statement.

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