5/15/17: Sarah Trahern, CEO, Country Music Association

In January 2014, Sarah Trahern assumed the office of CEO of the CMA.  In that role, she collaborates with the CMA Board to expand the mission and strategic objectives of CMA while being mindful of the unique legacy and spirit of the organization. Trahern also serves as President of the CMA Foundation Board, which supports music education programs for deserving children across the United States.

She began her cable career at C-SPAN in Washington, D.C. covering politics and public affairs, and producing the popular series “Booknotes.” Trahern moved to Nashville in 1995 to oversee specials and entertainment series for The Nashville Network (TNN). She joined Great American Country (GAC) in 2005 with Scripps’ ownership of the network, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Programming, and later, General Manager of the network, where her myriad duties included the strategic direction of the network and oversight of GAC’s programming, marketing, creative, and digital initiatives.