Structure Sabam

General assembly


What is that?

The General Assembly represents all the associates (authors and publishers) of Sabam. It meets every year at 2.00 p.m. on the third Monday in May. All associates are invited to the General Assembly, but only associates who have returned the attendance report to the registered office in accordance with the required formalities and within the time set may attend (cf. Article 39 of the Statutes) and only the associates who have paid the nominal value of the company share (namely EUR 124) by not less than 60 calendar days before the date of the General Assembly may exercise their voting rights.

The General Assembly has the following powers:

  • Appointment and dismissal of the directors, the additional members of the Colleges and the Commission;
  • Changing of the statutes and the Global Agreement.
  • Approval of the annual accounts.


Its role?

The General Assembly is chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
It appoints and dismisses the directors, the additional members of the Colleges and the Commission and the auditor.
It decides on the submission of changes to the statutes and the Global Agreement. It is also empowered to give opinions on proposed changes to the rules of procedure of the KOHS non-profit organisation.
The decisions of the General Assembly take immediate effect unless expressly decided otherwise by the Assembly proper. Changes to the statutes and the Global Agreement come into effect on 1 January of the year following the General Assembly at which the changes were approved.


Board of directors

What is that?

The Board of Directors consists of 16 members (one half from the Dutch language regime, the other half from the French language regime). In order to safeguard the interests of all the associates, the Board has a fixed composition, giving consideration to the multidisciplinary character and the capacity or author or publisher.

Dutch-speaking members
  • Ignace Cornelissen
  • CTM Entertainment Belgium (represented by Stefaan Moriau)
  • Daniel Gybels
  • Jan Hautekiet
  • Hans Helewaut
  • PMP Music (represented byPatrick Mortier)
  • Bram Renders
  • John Terra


French-speaking members
  • Benoît Coppée
  • Laurent Denis
  • Benoît Dobbelstein
  • Manuel Hermia
  • Claude Martin
  • Isabelle Rigaux
  • Benjamin Schoos
  • Strictly Confidential (represented by Pierre Mossiat)


Legal advisors
  • Carine Libert (+ legal and international affairs)
  • Maître Daniel Absil  


All board members are associates of Sabam. The eligibility requirements are laid down in the statutes.

The Board of Directors has all the powers which are not reserved for the General Assembly according to the statutes or to company law.

Its role?

It is responsible for drawing up the annual accounts, for determining the strategy of the association and the choice of the projects to be implemented.
The powers of the Board are not limited to the day-to-day management, but also include the determining of a long-term vision.
This also implies the taking of decisions on the allocation of the necessary financial resources.



The Management executes the decisions of the Board of Directors.

Christophe DEPRETER has been General Director of Sabam since 1 July 2009.

He is assisted in his function by a team of directors:

  • Carine Libert, Direction Legal and International Affairs
  • Catherine Georis, Direction Operations
  • Frank Verschueren, Direction Finance
  • Guy Brouns, Direction Strategy, Change and ICT
  • Olivier Verbist, Direction Human Resources