Kelli Turner has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of SESAC Holdings, it was announced by John Josephson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SESAC Holdings, Inc. In this elevated position, Turner will continue to report to Josephson and will oversee SESAC’s day-to-day operations and continue to play a key role in setting the strategic direction as well as the overall corporate management of the company. The company’s finance and corporate development functions will continue to report to Turner.
“Kelli’s promotion to President and COO is a well-deserved recognition of the role that she’s been playing at the company for the past few years. We joined SESAC at roughly the same time and we’ve been partners in driving each of the major developments that have taken place at the company since 2014,” said Josephson. “Her extensive experience and exceptional skills in driving and managing change will be invaluable as we continue to advance SESAC’s business as well as its mission in this dynamic marketplace. It’s an exciting time for the company, and we look forward to the next phase of its growth as well as continuing to execute on our mission to drive value for our writer and publisher affiliates.”
Turner previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of SESAC. In this role, she led the acquisitions of the mechanical rights organization Harry Fox Agency (HFA) and the Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), transitioning SESAC from a performance rights organization to a music rights organization. In 2017, Turner, along with Josephson, led the sale of SESAC Holdings to Blackstone Group’s Core Equity fund.
Before joining SESAC, Turner served as President and Chief Financial Officer of RSL Management Corporation. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., and held executive level positions at Time Warner Inc.
Turner was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation’s “Women of Influence Awards,” and as one of Billboard magazine’s “Women in Music” in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Last year, she was named “CFO of the Year” by the Nashville Business Journal. Turner holds an undergraduate business degree and law degree from The University of Michigan.