SGAE Elects New President

José Miguel Fernández Sastrón
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José Miguel Fernández Sastrón at Principe de Vergara 9 on Nov. 30, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. 

Spain's Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) begins "new stage” with musician and composer José Miguel Fernández Sastrón as head.

SGAE, the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors, has named its 40th president: musician and composer José Miguel Fernández Sastrón.

Sastrón was appointed to the post Wednesday after a vote by the Madrid-based organization’s board of directors. He is to serve until 2019.

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“Today marks a new stage for SGAE,” Fernández Sastrón said after being elected, according to an announcement to the press from the organization. “Under my management, pride of place will be given to the defense and protection of the copyright of its member authors and publishers. I shall strive toward efficiency in management that enables us to allocate to the authors the return corresponding to then for their creations.”

The powerful rights society, which has over 100,000 members working in music, film and other creative fields, was beset by scandal in 2011 when then-president Eduardo “Teddy” Bautista and eight other people were arrested on charges of financial mismanagement and embezzlement. The organization’s subsequent president, film director and producer Antón Reixa, was voted out of the post in 2013 after a conflictive run rife with power struggles and accusations as the organization attempted to recover from the scandal.

Formerly SGAE’s Vice President, Fernández Sastrón, 57, will replace José Luis Acosta Salmerón, a scriptwriter and producer who suddenly resigned from the post last month after serving since 2013.

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