John H. Josephson

SESAC Holdings Inc., Chairman and CEO

John Josephson has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SESAC Holdings, Inc. since August 2014. He is responsible for the company’s business and operations as well as leading the company’s strategic growth, guided by a commitment to transformational change in music rights management and a focus on the needs of creators.  John initially invested in SESAC in 1992 and has served as a director of the company continuously since that time.

Since John’s appointment as CEO, SESAC has achieved rapid growth and expanded its music licensing activities across multiple rights categories and international territories, transitioning SESAC from a domestic performance rights to a multi-territory music rights organization. Under his leadership, SESAC has acquired the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI), and formed Mint Digital Services in partnership with SUISA—a Swiss collection society.  John has also overseen prominent signings including Adele, Green Day, George Clinton, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman and R.E.M.

In January of 2017, John led the sale of SESAC Holdings to The Blackstone Group, the world’s largest alternative asset manager. Blackstone’s acquisition of SESAC was the first investment as part of its Core private equity strategy, specifically designed to hold investments for much longer periods of time than traditional private equity funds.

Prior to leading SESAC, John was a Managing Director at Allen & Company LLC, a privately-held merchant bank from.  At Allen & Company, John’s clients included Time Warner Cable, The News Corporation, Time Warner, Sony Corporation of America, AOL, Viacom, Reuters Group and The Chernin Group. 

John currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media, the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Recording Academy, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

John received a Master of Business Administration with high distinction in 1987 from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar, and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University in 1983, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.