The chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was promoted to CEO Tuesday.
Chad Smith will take over the top job from Simon Woods, who resigned unexpectedly in September after less than two years on the job.
“The LA Phil has been my creative home for the last 17 years, and I am honored to be stepping into this role,” Smith said in a statement released by LA Phil. “Supporting the expansive vision of Gustavo (Dudamel) and his deeply held commitment to serving the whole of the L.A. community has never been more important, and I continue to strive to support that work.”
Dudamel, the philharmonic’s music and artistic director, hailed Smith as an “exceptional colleague, partner and friend.”
“We share the same vision of excellence for the future of our institution, and I have complete faith that he will help me deliver on our immense dreams and responsibilities to the next generation — artistically, educationally and musically,” Dudamel said.
According to LA Phil, Smith began his career in 2000 with the New World Symphony, then joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2002, overseeing planning for the Green Umbrella new music series. He briefly moved to the New York Philharmonic as an artistic planner, but returned to Los Angeles in 2006 as vice president of artistic planning. He became COO in 2015.
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