SESAC tunes new prexy

Licensing exec Collins replaces Velez

Patrick Collins has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of performing rights org SESAC.

A nine-year SESAC exec, he was most recently senior VP with executive oversight of all SESAC licensing, including broadcast, cable, general, satellite and Internet in the United States. He is also a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining SESAC, he was at ASCAP for 22 years, where he directed general licensing and its national sales.

Collins replaces Bill Velez, who left the company last month after 10 years.

Stephen Swid, chairman-CEO, and co-chairmen Freddie Gershon and Ira Smith made the announcement Wednesday at SESAC headquarters in Nashville.

“This is a great company with an unlimited future,” Collins said. “The developments and benefits to composers and songwriters since Stephen, Freddie and Ira bought the company in 1992 has been unprecedented.”

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