CISAC, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, has announced the appointment of Mr. Olivier Hinnewinkel as its new Director General. With 229 members – authors’ societies from 121 countries, including IMRO – CISAC is an international NGO representing about 3 million creators and publishers of artistic works in all genres including music, drama, literature, audio-visual and the visual arts.
Mr. Hinnewinkel was appointed by the CISAC Board of Directors following the 3rd successful edition of its Worldwide Copyright Summit held in Brussels this week. Born in 1964 and a graduate of the IMD business school in Lausanne, Mr. Hinnewinkel brings extensive experience in international management. For the past five years prior to joining CISAC, Olivier Hinnewinkel was CEO and Managing Director of Eurovision Asia-Pacific. Eurovision is the premier distributor of sports and news content for the world's top broadcast and media platforms. In his various positions with Eurovision Mr. Hinnewinkel has worked on three continents: US, Europe and Asia. He originally joined the organisation in 1996, holding positions of Director of Marketing, Head of Corporate Management and Head of Eurovision Americas.
Kenth Muldin, Chairman of CISAC’s Board of Directors, said, “I'm very pleased to welcome Olivier Hinnewinkel as the Confederation’s new Director General. He has the international experience and personal skills to lead CISAC into the future. The Board is looking forward to working with Olivier on the future strategy for collective management and copyright issues relevant for all CISAC’s members.”
Chaired by Robin Gibb, singer and songwriter of the Bee Gees, and visual artist Hervé Di Rosa, CISAC aims to increase both the recognition and protection of creators’ rights worldwide. In a globalised and digital world, CISAC’s main missions are to reinforce the international network of authors’ societies, to be the spokesperson for creators and their societies in all international debates and to reassert authors’ inalienable right to live by their creative work.