Cathy Grizzell Cathy Grizzell

SVP & CHRO
SESAC Music Group

Cathy Grizzell is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for SESAC Music Group. In this position, Grizzell’s responsibilities extend across SESAC Music Group’s combined portfolio of businesses—SESAC Performing Rights, The Harry Fox Agency, and Rumblefish—and include guiding the overall administration, coordination, evaluation, and operation of Human Resources, Benefits Administration and Facilities Operations.

In 2016, Grizzell, a 30+ year SESAC veteran, played a key role in the strategic initiative to expand SESAC’s operations into the new state-of-the-art facility on Music Row, where she continues to manage the facilities operations. Most recently, Grizzell was responsible for coordinating and leading the HR and Benefits due diligence process in addition to ensuring staff messaging within the workplace during the 2017 Blackstone acquisition.

Grizzell joined SESAC in 1981 in the General Licensing department in New York.  Over the next 6 years, she held roles in Licensing Administration, Broadcast Licensing and Collections, and was instrumental in the computerization of the Licensing and Collection systems which improved licensee retention and income.  In 1987, Grizzell was instrumental in moving General Licensing and Licensing Administration to Nashville, where she further developed departments and continued to computerize and streamline processes.  In the mid-90s she transferred to the corporate side of the company, where she focused on employee relations and benefits, ultimately resulting in the development of the Human Resources department.

Grizzell is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Middle Tennessee Society of Human Resource Management (MT-SHRM), HR Leadership-Nashville, the Recording Academy, and the Country Music Association (CMA).

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