Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN has announced the seemingly-sudden resignation of Eric Baptiste as its chief executive officer, effective immediately.
Jennifer Brown, senior VP of operation and reproduction rights, has been appointed as the interim CEO during the formal process of identifying a permanent CEO.
In its statement announcing Baptiste's resignation, SOCAN says the decision is "purely coincidental to the current COVID-19 crisis," that its board of directors has full faith in SOCAN's executive management team, and that the organization continues to operate at full capacity.
"We thank Eric Baptiste for his leadership over the past 10 years," says Marc Ouellette, president and chair of SOCAN's board of directors. "During this time, SOCAN has seen growth and has maintained its presence as a leader in serving music creators and publishers in Canada and around the world."
With the end of the current CEO contract approaching, SOCAN says that Baptiste thought it was time to move on and a mutual decision was reached with the Board to end his tenure now.
Brown has been on SOCAN's executive team for nearly 10 years. She was previously VP of the company's licensing department and has worked with the company for more than two decades.
SOCAN will continue to serve its members as a not-for-profit organization, as well as its initiatives in rights management, licensing, advocacy, and support for the music and entertainment industry.