John currently serves as Chairman and CEO of SESAC Holdings, a leading music data and rights management company. He has been an investor in, and director of, the company since 1992. SESAC was acquired by affiliates of The Blackstone Group in February 2017. Blackstone?s acquisition of SESAC was the first investment as part of its core private equity strategy, which is specifically designed to hold investments for much longer periods of time than traditional private equity funds.
Previously, John was a Managing Director at Allen & Company LLC, a privately-held merchant bank based in New York City. At Allen, John worked with established media companies such as The News Corporation, Fox Inc., Time Warner and Sony Corporation of America, as well as emerging technology companies such as GoPro, Hulu, Sonos and Beats Electronics.
John currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media as well as the Dean?s Advisory Council of the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell University. He is a former Chairman of Volunteers of America ? Greater New York, a social services agency, and is a former Co-Chairman and current director of Literacy Partners, an adult literacy program based in New York City.
John received an M.B.A. with High Distinction in 1987 from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University in 1983.