SoundExchange has appointed Helaine S. Klasky to chief communications officer of the collective rights management organization, it was announced Wednesday. In her new position, Klasky will oversee global communications, industry relations and public policy serving the company’s 178,000 artists, rights holders and publishers.
Klasky’s recent positions in the private sector include chair of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, the chief communications officer at GE Energy Management, and the chief communications officer at Yale University. In government, Klasky began her career on Capitol Hill working for Senators Edward Kennedy and Dennis DeConcini, and went on to serve in high-level roles in the Treasury and State departments.
“As SoundExchange enters a new stage of growth across the music and publishing industries, Helaine is the perfect fit to help take the company to the next level,” said SoundExchange president and CEO Michael Huppe, to whom she’ll report. “Her broad range of skills and experience at the highest levels of corporate and government arenas will enable SoundExchange to be an even more effective advocate for creators, publishers and the music industry as a whole.”
Added Klasky, “I look forward to working with colleagues at SoundExchange and throughout the industry as we work together to further simplify the industry and enable creators to do what they do best: transform us with their music and creativity. As a company that has helped make music accessible to so many, SoundExchange is poised to help further transform the industry. I’m thrilled to be joining that mission.”