Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling to depart after 6 years

Adam Suckling is set to depart the Copyright Agency after a six-year stint as chief executive officer, with the agency to commence a search for his replacement soon.

Suckling will leave the Copyright Agency in February of 2022, having led the organisation through a significant period of digital transformation.

Chair of the Copyright Agency Board, Dr Kate Harrison, said: “The Board thank Adam for his dedication and commitment to the Agency, and for the strong leadership he has shown over his six years as CEO.

“He has very successfully managed the organisation in every way, enhancing the work of the Agency and its delivery of value to members.”

Suckling’s tenure saw a record number of payments made to members for use of their work, and he also led new agreements with Australian businesses, governments and education institutions, enabling them to use a vast amount of content not previously available.

Suckling and the management team also instigated and managed strategic Copyright Tribunal litigation to defend fair payment to publishers, writers and visual artists.

The departing CEO said: “I love this role, copyright and Copyright Agency, are so critical to helping make the big things happen: facilitating access to the world’s content, supporting journalism, helping our talented writers create great novels or inspiring education works, helping publishers invest and employ Australians, and contributing to the practice of Australia’s extraordinary visual artists.

“I would like to thank the senior management team and everyone in the agency for their support, dedication and hard work.  I would also like to thank licensees, who pay for the use of content, as well as our 37,000 members who create such great material.  It is an honour to represent them.

“Finally, I would like to deeply thank our former Chair, Kim Williams, our current Chair, Kate Harrison and all Board members for their valuable governance, support and guidance.”

The Copyright Agency were not able to provide comment on what Suckling plans to do next.


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