The CMA Board of Directors has named music and television industry veteran Sarah Trahern as CMA’s Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014. She joins CMA from Scripps Networks Interactive’s Great American Country (GAC) where she has been Senior Vice President and General Manager.
“The CMA Board Search Committee, chaired by Board Secretary/Treasurer and Warner Music Nashville President and CEO, John Esposito, conducted a thoughtful, thorough nationwide search to find the best possible candidates – and there were many. But, not surprisingly, the best person was right here in our industry in
said Troy Tomlinson, Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors.
“Sarah possesses the leadership skills, diverse qualities, relationships, and extensive experience necessary to collaborate with the CMA Board of Directors to expand the mission and strategic objectives of the CMA while being mindful of the unique legacy and spirit of the organization. She is not only well-known in the Country Music and television world, but a highly respected executive with strong relationships with many of our members, including record labels, managers, publicists, publishers, and Country artists as well. We are so thrilled that she was ultimately interested in assuming this very important role, leading the CMA.”
Trahern said, “I moved to
Nashville in 1995 to combine my experience in
live television with my passion for music and especially, Country Music. Now,
years later, to be able to serve as leader of the Country Music Association is
an exciting challenge. I look forward to collaborating with the Board, the
management team, staff, and the membership to continue to grow our genre in
multiple arenas. It’s an exciting and dynamic time in the Country Music
business with tremendous growth opportunities as well as an ever changing
marketplace. The ratings success of the CMA Awards last week is indicative of
the strength of our genre across multiple demographic groups.”
Trahern has more than 27 years of experience in the network television business, 18 years of it producing or overseeing Country Music programming. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Scripps Networks Interactive’s GAC, Great American Country, she has been responsible for the strategic direction of the network and oversees all aspects of the network including programming, marketing, creative, and digital. In 2010, she was named one of 30 Woman “Power Players” in the music business by Billboard Magazine. In December 2011, she was the subject and honoree of the Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She was recently recognized by Source as a top leader in the music business.
Trahern moved to
in 1995 to oversee specials and entertainment series for TNN.