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Sabam appoints new president

Belgian performance rights organisation Sabam acquires a new president in Jan Hautekiet

By Jamie Raybould on 19 Jun 2018

sabam president Jan Hautekiet,

Jan Hautekiet

image © Jan Hautekiet

Belgian performance rights organisation, Sabam, has appointed a new president to run the company. Jan Hautekiet, who previously enjoyed 40 years as a radio producer at VRT, has been chosen for the role of president, coming a month after the Carine Libert’s appointment as the new CEO of the organisation.

In addition to the new president and CEO, two vicepresidents have been appointed, Benoît Coppée and Ignace Cornelissen, as well as new managing directors in Benjamin Schoos and Hans Helewaut.

On his new position in the company, Hautekiet comments: “I hope that Sabam continues to grow to become an open and efficient organisation. There is still a lot of work to be done, especially in regards to communication with authors, clients, the press, the political world and public opinion. 

“In a world characterised by rapid technological change, the modernisation of collective management is essential”

“We have to explain even further that Sabam belongs to the authors and that its mission is to manage their rights and to guarantee them remuneration that is as correct as possible. 

“In a world characterised by rapid technological change, the modernisation of collective management is essential. By achieving this, Sabam will ensure a sustainable environment in which the authors can fully develop their creative projects.”

The appointments come following the recent lawsuit filed against Sabam over tariffs by a coalition of Belgian festival and concert promoters.


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