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.
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.
- Ignace Cornelissen
- CTM Entertainment Belgium (represented by Stefaan Moriau)
- Daniel Gybels
- Jan Hautekiet
- Hans Helewaut
- PMP Music (represented by Patrick Mortier)
- Bram Renders
- Tom Kestens
- Benoît Coppée
- Laurent Denis
- Benoît Dobbelstein
- Manuel Hermia
- Claude Martin
- Pierre Dumoulin
- Benjamin Schoos
- 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.
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.
As from 15 May 2018, Carine Libert is the managing director of Sabam.
She will be assisted in her functions by a team of managers:
- Sophie Bolly - Repertoire & Distribution
- Frederik Gheyssens - Business Technology
- Olivier Maeterlinck - Membership Relations, Corporate Communication & Cultural Affairs
- Steven Petit - Strategy, Innovation & Change
- Els Storms (ad interim) - Finance & Business Control
- Inge Vanderveken - Legal & International Affairs
- Sophie Vlaeminck - Human Resources, Purchase & Facility
- Serge Vloeberghs - Licensing
left to right: Sofie Vlaeminck, Inge Vanderveken, Els Storms, Olivier Maeterlinck, Serge Vloeberghs, Carine Libert, Sophie Bolly, Steven Petit and Frederik Gheyssens.