RIAA names Cary Sherman chairman, chief executive

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Cary Sherman has been named chairman and CEO of the music industry’s trade group, the Recording Industry Association of America.

Sherman, who is 63, takes the role on Sept. 1. Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned to become chief executive of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Sherman joined the RIAA as general counsel in 1997 and has served as president of the organization since 2001.

The RIAA represents recording labels including Sony Corp.’s Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Group Ltd., Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.

Sherman takes over the organization as online services such as Apple’s iTunes and Pandora are driving profound changes in the way consumers listen to and purchase music.