Pat Collins Named Vice Chairman, SESAC

Pat Collins

Pat Collins

Pat Collins has been named Vice Chairman of SESAC effective April 1, 2016, MusicRow has learned exclusively. Collins, who currently serves as President and CEO of SESAC Performing Rights, will now begin to transition to his new role as a Senior Advisor to the Company and Vice Chairman. John Josephson, Chairman and CEO of SESAC, made the announcement.

“My 20+ years with SESAC have been enormously rewarding,” said Collins. “Having added Rumblefish and the Harry Fox Agency to our portfolio, SESAC is well positioned to deliver services across multiple rights categories and to bring unprecedented efficiencies to the licensing, collection and distribution processes for music royalties. I look forward to this phase of my professional and personal plan unfolding and am most grateful and appreciative to my colleagues at SESAC for including me in their amazing story of success.”

Executive Vice President Kelli Turner’s responsibilities will be expanded to include oversight of Licensing and Royalty Distribution and Research Services in addition to Finance, Corporate Development, Human Resources and Information Technology. Executive Vice President Dennis Lord’s responsibilities will be expanded to include Creative as well as Business Affairs. In addition, Christos Badavas, currently Associate General Counsel at HFA, will be moving to a corporate role at SESAC as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Turner, Lord and Badavas will report directly to Josephson, as will SESAC’s Rumblefish business unit, SESAC International and the Company’s Corporate Relations department.

“I am excited that Pat is taking on this new leadership position at SESAC,” Josephson said. “Pat’s ongoing role as Vice Chairman and Senior Advisor will allow him to contribute his many years of senior management experience and expansive knowledge of music licensing to inform and direct corporate goals and strategies for SESAC’s continued benefit.”

During Collins’ tenure as President and CEO, the company has signed the catalogs of a number of the biggest names in music, including Mariah Carey, Green Day, Zac Brown, Nikki Sixx, Robert Johnson, Charli XCX, George Clinton and Kesha and others.

In 2009, Collins was honored with the 2009 Sage Award during the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Third Annual Nashville Emerging Leader Awards. The award is given to a top Nashville leader who has made an impact on the city’s young professional demographic. Collins is a past president of Nashville’s Leadership Music as well as a former member of the Leadership Music Board, Country Music Association Board, and YMCA Board. He is involved with numerous music business management initiatives and legislative matters regarding intellectual property. Collins is a graduate of the prestigious Leadership Nashville program.


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