Merck Mercuriadis is a Canadian–American music executive and a music manager. He is notable for serving from October 1986 to June 2007, as director and CEO of the Sanctuary Group PLC, a major management company, an independent record label, a merchandise company, and a booking agency based in London, New York and Los Angeles. Mercuriadis is also known as the former manager of several notable rock and pop bands and musicians including Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Elton John, Morrissey, Pet Shop Boys, Macy Gray, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, Destiny’s Child and Beyonce. He is the current CEO, founder and managing partner of Hipgnosis Music Ltd., an artist management firm, song publisher and record label based in London and Los Angeles. Hipgnosis, which also serves as a music royalties investment fund, successfully raised $260 million last June, to buy music copyrights. Mercuriadis said he has established an advisory board of music industry experts to ensure he has the necessary contacts and expertise to acquire and manage the songs, including musician, producer and co-founder of Chic, Nile Rodgers.