Peter Leathem joined PPL as Head of Legal and Business Affairs in 2002. Following several senior positions within the company since that time, including Managing Director, he was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. Prior to joining the company, he was a partner for eight years with City law firm GSC Solicitors, where he specialised in intellectual property and was Head of the Intellectual Property Department.

Peter has been a director of PPL since 2006. He is also a director of VPL (the music video licensing company), PPL PRS Ltd (the public performance licensing joint venture company with PRS for Music), UK Music (which represents the recorded, published and live sectors of the music industry), and was until recently a director of the British Copyright Council (which represents the broader copyright community). He is also Chairman of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (a healthcare charity for those in the performing arts), a member of the board of SCAPR (the organisation for collective management organisations around the world representing performers) and a Trustee of the Ivors Academy Trust (a charity which seeks to educate the public and to empower and support music creators).