Fran Nevrkla - Chairman & CEO, PPL & VPL

Born and educated in former Czechoslovakia, he studied music at the Conservatoire and The Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Prague and subsequently at the Royal College of Music in London. A classical violinist, he performed, recorded and toured the world with several major British orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic.

He had to give up active music following a personal injury in 1976 and joined Warner Music UK in 1977 in Distribution Operations. He was Warner’s first UK Management Trainee with responsibility for Business Affairs from 1981 and studied for an external Law Degree course at London University (Red Lion Square) in the 1980s. He became Director of Commercial and Business Affairs in 1985 and subsequently a Board Director of Warner Music UK and many of its subsidiaries.

Fran has served two terms as Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) Rights Committee (1986-1988 and 1997-1999), and has been a Board Director of Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) and Video Performance Limited (VPL) since 1985. He has been actively involved in many industry-type negotiations, Copyright Tribunal Referrals, MMC and OFT Inquiries as well as political lobbying in the UK and Brussels.

Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Radio Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a Trustee of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).

He left Warner in September 2000 after 23 years in order to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PPL and VPL the following month.