Rundi Ream takes over for longtime executive director.

Rundi Ream, the Southern regional director of the Songwriters Guild of America, has been elevated to COO for the organization. She succeeds longtime executive director Lewis Bachman, who has semi-retired from the group.

Bachman will retain his title, but will serve in a part-time consulting role for the Weehawken, N.J.-based organization and coordinator of its catalog administration services. He joined the SGA as executive director in 1972.

After eight years with the SGA in Nashville, Ream relocates to New Jersey. She will assume the bulk of Bachman’s former duties.