WASHINGTON, DC (CelebrityAccess) – SoundExchange, the sole organization designated by the U.S. Congress to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for sound recordings, today (Jan. 16) announced the appointment of Helaine S. Klasky as chief communications officer.
Klasky, who will report to SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe, brings with her to the role a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. She was previously the 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 has served as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs, and ran the office of media affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She began her career on Capitol Hill working for Senators Edward Kennedy and Dennis DeConcini.
Commenting on the appointment, Huppe said: “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. 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.”
“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,” added Klasky. “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.”
As chief communications officer, Klasky will oversee the company’s global communications, industry relations, and public policy teams that serve the company’s community of 178,000 artists, rights holders and publishers.