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David Hockman has been named chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He will supervise all activities of the music publisher and work closely with Sony Music Entertainment’s senior management team to develop and implement strategic initiatives.

Hockman replaces Paul Russell, who was chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Europe. Russell is returning to London, where he is joining a law firm and will represent a select list of European artists and executives.

A 30-year veteran of the music business, Hockman was previously chief executive of edel Publishing, where he was responsible for building the company’s international music publishing group. From 1999-2001 he was also president of edel Records Europe.

Hockman has also been CEO of Polygram Intl. Music Publishing and managing director of Polygram Music Video. Hockman will maintain offices in London and New York and report to Sony Music exec VP Michele Anthony.

“He has a proven ability to develop highly effective, long-range strategies, and a great track record of developing creative initiatives that maximize the value of copyrights,” Anthony said.

Among other properties, ATV Music Publishing controls the rights to the lion’s share of the Beatles songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.