Cary Sherman takes over as CEO of RIAA

"Having worked closely with Cary for this long chapter, I know him to be one of the most talented leaders in the music business,” Bainwol added. 

“He is exquisitely equipped to manage the premier trade group for American music and generate innovative strategies for the entire music sector during the coming years.”

Sherman is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. According to the RIAA press release, he is an amateur musician and lyricist.

The group also announced that Mitch Glazier, former copyright counsel to former House Judiciary chairman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), has been promoted to senior executive vice president. He will continue to lead the RIAA’s activities on Capitol Hill while taking on some additional responsibilities.

-- Brendan Sasso contributed to this post.