Radio Facts: Alison Wenham is stepping down as CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), a global trade organization for the independent music industry. She had held the position for 12 years.
Prior to joining WIN full time in 2016, Alison was CEO of The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which she founded in 1999. Martin Mills, current WIN chairman, said of her tenure:
“Alison has been a force of nature for all of us, and a central factor in indies being able to compete worldwide with companies many times their size. As she moves on, she leaves us strong and thriving, and looking forward to many fruitful seasons. For that, we are eternally grateful to her.”
Wenham spoke on her experiences at WIN and her departure:
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to devote two decades of my life and career to helping ensure the stability and continued growth of the independent music sector. Since launching AIM in 1999 I have stood shoulder to shoulder with amazing friends and colleagues as, together, we set out and then delivered a new era of respect for the role and importance of the sector. We changed attitudes towards the sector across the world, and ensured that independent music copyrights are now recognized and valued. I am immensely proud of all we have achieved in that time and independent music will remain a passion of mine. I have decided, however, that the time is now right, with the organization in good health, to step down from my position at WIN. I want to thank everybody I have worked with over the years for their incredible support.”