Los Angeles Philharmonic / Music News & Info: Classical

Simon Woods resigns as LA Phil CEO

Got the whopper of a press release below  announcing that Simon Woods, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s CEO, has resigned.

There certainly was no indication of anything wrong during my conversation with him a few months ago.  Did something change since then, or was something already brewing in the background as we chatted?  How much of his departure was his idea vs. the Board’s?

Regardless of those relevant questions, the most interesting thing to ask is actually:  who is getting the job next?  More on that later.

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Contact: Sophie Jefferies, sjefferies@laphil.org, 213.972.3422
SIMON WOODS STEPS DOWN AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
 INTERIM LEADERSHIP FROM BOARD CHAIR JAY RASULO & BOARD CHAIR DESIGNATE THOMAS L. BECKMEN
Los Angeles, September 16, 2019 – On behalf of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Board Chair Jay Rasulo announced today that the Board has accepted Simon Woods’ resignation from his position as Chief Executive Officer, David C. Bohnett Chief Executive Office Chair, of the Association, effective immediately.
Simon Woods stated, “The Los Angeles Philharmonic is an extraordinary organization in every respect. It has been my complete honor to lead it for almost two years. However, after a great deal of reflection, I have concluded that my hopes and aspirations lie elsewhere, and as a result, I have tendered my resignation. I wish Gustavo, the musicians, the staff, the Board and everyone associated with this organization all the very best as it commences its second century.”
The Board very much appreciates the experience, commitment and passion that Mr. Woods has contributed to the Association since January, 2018, and wishes him all the best for the future.
In order to ensure continuity going forward, interim leadership will be led by Board Chair Jay Rasulo and Board Chair Designate Thomas L. Beckmen until a new CEO is named. Further information will be forthcoming.
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