Helaine Klasky, the former chair of Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, has been named chief communications officer of SoundExchange, a company that manages sound recording and music works rights.
Klasky has also served as chief communications officer at both GE Energy Management and Yale University. In government, she has been deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs, and ran the office of media affairs at the State Department. She began her career on Capitol Hill working for Senators Edward Kennedy and Dennis DeConcini.
In her new position, Klasky will oversee SoundExchange’s global communications, industry relations and public policy teams.
SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe said that Klasky’s “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.”