Former CFL Commissioner Tackles the Music Industry

Mark Cohon Appointed Chairman of the Board for The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts

TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts announce the appointment of Mark Cohon as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. The former CFL Commissioner will begin his tenure on September 29, 2015 succeeding Ed Robinson. Cohon is the 11th Chairman of the Board of Directors for CARAS/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts.

"I am extremely pleased that the Board has appointed Mark as its Chairman," said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. "He has extensive experience and passion for raising the profile of brands and delivering successful results. Mark will bring a fresh perspective, and we look forward to his contributions to growing the CARAS, JUNO Awards and MusiCounts brands."

"We have much to be proud of in our Canadian music industry," said Cohon. "It is going to be exciting working with the Board, the CARAS leadership team and corporate, media and governmental partners to celebrate our remarkable artists and performers with Canadians across our nation." 

Cohon is best known for his leadership in turning-around and driving the renaissance of the Canadian Football League. His eight-year stewardship of the CFL was a remarkable run that saw the CFL's business model transformed and its brand elevated.  Strong attendance, record television ratings, $2 billion in new stadiums, strengthened corporate partnerships, a national celebration of the 100th Grey Cup and a return to the nation's capital were all part of the league's stronger foundation under Cohon's leadership.

Cohon is a graduate of Upper Canada College and Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in communication studies. He has held positions with the NBA and the MLB as Head of International Marketing and Head of Corporate Development respectively, before becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of AudienceView Ticketing, a company that sells ticketing systems and services to sports, arts and entertainment events.

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