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Mitch Bainwol to Head RIAA

The RIAA named GOP political veteran Mitch Bainwol as its chairman and chief executive, beginning September 1, 2003. Bainwol, who recently opened his 8/04/2003 8:00 AM Eastern

The RIAA named GOP political veteran Mitch Bainwol as its chairmanand chief executive, beginning September 1, 2003.

Bainwol, who recently opened his own consulting firm, was brieflythe Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and beforethat, he was the executive director of the National RepublicanSenatorial Committee, which raises money to get Senate Republicanselected. He also was Chief of Staff to former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack,R-Fla., for almost a decade.

Cary Sherman, president and general counsel of the RIAA, and memberof the search committee, said, “Mitch’s strong backgroundand experience will be a real asset to the RIAA. We welcome him to theRIAA and look forward to working with him on the important issuesfacing our industry at this crucial time.”

"Mitch brings to the RIAA the consummate insider's understanding ofpolitical nuance in Washington," said Roger Ames, chairman and chiefexecutive of Warner Music Group, in a statement. "I'm confident he hasthe ability to clearly communicate the issues and challenges the musicindustry faces and to partner effectively with the computer, consumerelectronics and music publishing businesses to help us address thoseissues in all appropriate forums."

Stated Bainwol, “I'm delighted to take on this role. It is anhonor to be associated with such a talented and creative group. I amespecially pleased to be working in partnership with Cary Sherman, andlook forward to tapping into his expertise about the music business.What could be more rewarding than helping to promote two great Americantraditions: music and property rights?”

For more, visit the RIAA online at www.riaa.com.