ASCAP Names Tristan Boutros As Chief Technology Officer

August 14, 2017

Tristan Boutros 

Former New York Times Executive Brings Extensive Digital Transformation Experience

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2017 -- ASCAP, the leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators, continues to add to its first-class technology team. The organization has named former New York Times digital executive Tristan Boutros as Chief Technology Officer.  Tristan will be based in New York and will report to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Brian Roberts.

As CTO, Tristan will lead ASCAP’s evolving technology strategy and execution to scale the global IT systems and infrastructure in support of ASCAP’s many business transformation initiatives, encompassing ASCAP’s cloud strategy, including elastic computing and API roadmap.  Working in close partnership with ASCAP’s Digital Product, Data Strategy and Operations teams, Tristan will drive execution of the transformation roadmap to create a best-in-class platform for music rights management for music creators, publishers and licensees.  

Tristan brings a wealth of digital transformation experience with leading media organizations to the role.  He joins ASCAP from The New York Times, where he served as Chief of Operations. He joins a growing roster of ASCAP executives with deep digital backgrounds, including EVP, Chief Strategy & Digital Officer Alice Kim; EVP and Head of International Affairs Tony Dunaif; SVP, Digital Product, Dena Fletcher; SVP Administration Services Lisa Selden; and SVP Strategy & Business Development Mark Sperling.

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said, “We are thrilled to welcome Tristan to the ASCAP team. He brings a unique combination of the understanding of third party technology solutions available in the market as a complement to his technical expertise in building internal solutions.  His experience helping top organizations achieve their technology goals make him the perfect person for this role.” 

"I am excited to have the chance to create an incredibly robust platform at ASCAP, developing the tools and experiences that further empower our members and licensees; and change the way they work, communicate, and receive payment,” said new CTO, Tristan Boutros. “I look forward to working with the whole team at ASCAP to bring this future to our members, and to unlock new capabilities for all of us."

While at The New York Times, Tristan helped streamline and unify multiple teams and systems supporting their core product and extended properties and enterprise tools. Among other accomplishments, Tristan directed their Agile transformation efforts across Digital, while simultaneously managing the execution of multiple major initiatives across and NYT beta web properties, helping the organization to drive subscription growth tenfold.

Prior to the New York Times, Tristan spent three years as Senior Vice President, Technology and Business Process at Warner Music Group, where he successfully drove transformation of its global IT department and legacy systems.  He has also held senior technology roles at BlackBerry and IAC.

In addition to his full-time role, Tristan currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University.  He is also the co-author of several books: The Basics of Process Improvement with Jennifer Cardella (Productivity Press, 2016), and The Process Improvement Handbook: A Blueprint for Managing Change and Increasing Organizational Performance (Mechanical Engineering) with Tim Purdie (McGraw-Hill, 2013).  His third book, Agile Project Management (Fundamentals for Project Management), will be released this winter.  Boutros received a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honors Business Administration), Marketing & Management Studies and Computer Science from University of Windsor in Ontario.  

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With more than 800,000 members representing more than 10 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. Learn more and stay in touch at, on Twitter and Instagram @ASCAP and on Facebook.

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Cathy Halgas Nevins, ASCAP

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