Peter Jamieson - Executive Chairman, BPI

Peter Jamieson is chairman of the BPI, the organisation which represents British record labels large and small, and whose members account for around 90% of the music sold in the UK.

When Jamieson was appointed to the BPI in October 2002 as its first full-time executive chairman, he was returning to familiar territory – he had served as non-executive chair between 1988 and 1989, when he was chairman of BMG-RCA Records in the UK.

He had arrived at BMG after a 20 year stint at EMI, latterly as UK managing director, where among his achievements was the creation of the successful “Now…” compilation series which is even today the biggest global brand in compilations, having sold more than 100m units.

In his time at EMI Jamieson ran companies in Greece, New Zealand and Australia before his UK appointment, and when he moved to BMG, he put his international experience to good use, when – as Senior Vice-President, Asia Pacific – he spent six years between 1989 and 1995 settig up 12 subsidiaries which grew in that time to deliver annual sales of more than $300m.

Jamieson left BMG to join MTV in 1995 where, as founding president of MTV Asia, he managed the not insignificant task of taking the world’s most famous music television brand to the world’s most populous and culturally distant continent.

Jamieson returned to the UK in 1997 to an entrepreneurial challenge, the renaissance of the most venerable name in language learning, Linguaphone. He relinquished his executive post when appointed to the BPI but remains a significant shareholder.

An acknowledged communicator and industry veteran of more than 35 years, in his tenure at the BPI Jamieson has already overseen the most successfull BRIT Awards show yet – BRITs25 in 2005, and is leading the BPI through the most fundamental period of change in the record industry‘s history.

He lives in Surrey with his wife, Jane, a classical musician, and three children, the eldest of whom is working at the Home Office.