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11th July 2006

Chrysalis executive Charles Levison dies

Chrysalis deputy chairman and non-executive director Charles Levison has died, aged 64.

The cause of his death has not been announced, although it is thought that Levison had been critically ill for the last three months.

Levison had served on the Chrysalis board for 14 years and as deputy chairman for the last ten. Chrysalis chairman Chris Wright says, "Over the years Charles has played a major role in developing Chrysalis into the successful media group of today. With over 30 years experience in the music, television, video and radio business, he bought a wealth of experience to the Board as well as a huge sense of enthusiasm, fun and passion for all things Chrysalis. He will be sorely missed by everyone."

Charles was educated at Cambridge where he studied law and natural sciences. After qualifying in 1967, he joined Harbottle & Lewis, becoming a partner in 1969. He remained at the firm until 1974, but returned in 1994 to act as a consultant.

As well as his role at Chrysalis, Charles was also chairman of the trustees of the Lowry Centre, chairman of SL Corporate Finance and held executive positions on the boards of Island Records, Arista Records, Warner Home Video, The Music Channel, Virgin Broadcasting. He also held non-executive positions on the boards of Sci Entertainment, Kiss FM, Virgin Radio, Allied Leisure and Dagenham Motors.

His busy schedule also allowed time for unpaid roles as chairman of Friends of the Earth, chairman of the ICA and a member of the management board of Rugby Football Union. In 1993 Charles was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.

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