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Ruth Orchard read English literature at Cambridge University, then qualified as a solicitor and was soon made partner of a firm in London, specializing in intellectual property. After leaving private practice, she became company secretary at the Performing Right Society, representing composers and publishers of music. After several years of consultancy, Mrs Orchard was appointed general director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, a major music charity, where she spent five years prior to joining ACG in July 2003. She has proved equal to the very steep learning curve which awaited her and has worked hard to enhance ACG’s reputation as the champion of around 170 organizations in many different countries, tackling the ‘big-picture issues’ at all levels, and helping brand owners and law enforcement to support each other in the global anti-counterfeiting war.
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