President & CEO Simon Woods Named Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles Philharmonic

Photo by Brandon Patoc

Seattle Symphony President & CEO Simon Woods will depart in January 2018 to become the CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

President & CEO Simon Woods, who has led the Seattle Symphony since 2011, announced today that he will leave in January to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“After seven years of inspiration and friendship, the decision to leave the Seattle Symphony was extraordinarily difficult,” commented Woods. “But it’s tempered by the great sense of certainty I feel about the Symphony’s resilience and strength for the future.”

A hallmark of Woods’ leadership has been his building of a collaborative, empowered organizational culture. (Photo by Brandon Patoc)

Since his arrival in 2011, Woods has partnered with Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot to expand the orchestra’s artistic profile, fostered an innovative approach toward programming and audience development, established the Grammy Award-winning in-house record label Seattle Symphony Media, and launched Simple Gifts, a community initiative serving those experiencing homelessness.

A hallmark of Woods’ leadership has been his building of a collaborative, empowered organizational culture that has been a crucial driver of the Seattle Symphony’s artistic, financial and reputational success. A search committee will be formed to launch an international search for Woods’ successor.

“After seven years of inspiration and friendship, the decision to leave the Seattle Symphony was extraordinarily difficult,” commented Woods. “But it’s tempered by the great sense of certainty I feel about the Symphony’s resilience and strength for the future.” (Photo by Brandon Patoc)

“I’m extremely proud of Simon’s leadership and all that we accomplished together in the past seven years for the Seattle Symphony and for the community we serve,” remarked Chihuly. “Although we’ll miss him greatly, our organization is incredibly strong and very well-positioned to find a top CEO who will partner with our Music Director Ludovic Morlot and, in fall 2019, with our incoming Music Director Thomas Dausgaard.”

Woods was appointed in November 2010 and began full-time in May 2011. His position was endowed as President & CEO, Leslie Jackson Chihuly Chair in 2015. His last day with the Seattle Symphony will be January 19, 2018.

“This is an organization that knows what it stands for, knows where it’s headed and knows how to get there,” remarked Woods. “It’s an amazing group of smart, talented, creative, collaborative and dedicated people, both on stage and off, and I have no doubt whatsoever that the Seattle Symphony’s finest days still lie ahead.”

Posted on November 16, 2017

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