ASCAP announced that longtime ASCAP executive Karen Sherry is retiring from her position as Senior VP, Industry Affairs and as ASCAP Foundation Executive Director. She will remain at ASCAP through the end of June.
Sherry, a former singer-songwriter, began her career with ASCAP in 1979 as head of public relations. During her time with the organization, she worked with numerous ASCAP presidents, beginning with Stanley Adams, and then Hal David, Morton Gould, Marilyn Bergman and Paul Williams. A visionary, creative leader, she has been a trusted adviser to the ASCAP Board and her peers on the ASCAP executive leadership team as well as a mentor to countless colleagues at ASCAP.
“Karen has left an indelible mark on what ASCAP has become today, earning the respect and friendship of ASCAP members and music industry notables as well as her colleagues around the world,” said ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “We thank her for her expertise, passion, loyalty, dedication and for some of ASCAP’s most memorable moments over the past four decades.”
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