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French collecting society SACEM appoints new CEO

By | Published on Monday 25 October 2021

Cécile Rap-Veber

French song rights collecting society SACEM has announced the appointment of a new CEO. Cécile Rap-Veber is promoted into the top job from her previous role as Director Of Development, International And Operations, and takes over from outgoing CEO Jean-Noël Tronc. David El Sayegh has also been named as Deputy CEO.

Announcing the executive rejig, the society’s Chair Patrick Sigwalt noted the challenges posed for SACEM’s members by COVID and the opportunities – and further challenges – created by an ever diversifying digital market. He said: “At this historic moment for the future of music and culture, we want more than ever to put authors, composers and publishers at the heart of our common house, SACEM, which belongs to them”.

“And we want to go much faster, much farther and much more powerfully, and open a new stage in the history of SACEM”, he added. “We must act rather than endure, and seize the opportunities available to us to strengthen the collective management model and promote our values of collective action, general interest and solidarity of which we are extremely proud”.

“The appointment of Cécile and David underscores the board’s recognition of their talent, expertise and the work they have accomplished”, he concluded. “They have the full confidence of the board, which is completely united behind our common ambition for SACEM and for our members”.

Rap-Veber herself added: “Born into a family of creators, and having constantly defended the interests of rightsholders throughout my professional career, I am honoured to continue to uphold the values of collective management in the service of a repertoire as magnificent as SACEM’s. Over the last few years, we have worked with all of our teams to develop SACEM’s collections, support its technological transition, increase its transparency and extend its international influence”.

“This is a great asset for the future”, she continued. “And I am convinced that with the support of the board of directors, with David and the management team at my side, and with the proven professionalism and expertise of our staff, we have all the cards in hand to set in motion a new dynamic to serve our members and constituents and build the SACEM of tomorrow!”

Meanwhile outgoing CEO Tronc said: “I am very proud of the work we have accomplished with the executive leadership and the wonderful teams at SACEM over the past nine years. The upheavals in the sector and the crises we have gone through together have demonstrated the fundamental role of collective management in the service of creators, our clients and all those who keep music alive. I wish SACEM every success in this new phase”.