John is the Chairman and CEO of SESAC, Inc., a leading music licensing and rights management company. He has been an investor in, and director of, the company since 1992, following its acquisition by Allen & Company Inc. in partnership with an investor group. 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 Equity strategy, which is specifically designed to hold investments in the highest quality business franchises for much longer periods of time than traditional private equity funds, with an initial target of 10-15 years or more. Previously, John was a Managing Director at Allen & Company LLC.
John currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media and the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is a former Chairman of Volunteers of America – Greater New York, a leading social services agency, and a former Co-Chairman of Literacy Partners, which provides basic adult literacy instruction in New York City. John is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Recording Academy, the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.