Honolulu Symphony names Mechling executive director

Posted on: September 15, 2009

A report in Monday’s (9/14) Pacific Business News states, “Majken Mechling has been named executive director of the Honolulu Symphony. Mechling most recently was executive director of the American Diabetes Association Hawaii. She has worked with nonprofit organizations for 25 years. ‘Majken brings clear and forceful leadership and vision to the position of executive director: she is creative, strategic, consistent and goal-oriented in her management style,’ said Peter Shaindlin, chairman of the Honolulu Symphony Society Board of Directors, in a statement. ‘What Majken values most however is a profound respect for our local culture, and for the paramount importance of trust and relationships that are the very bedrock and spirit of Hawaii.’ … She replaces Tom Gulick, whose three-year contract expired June 30. He stayed on until a new director was found. The Honolulu Symphony recently received a $1.8 million advance from the Honolulu Symphony Foundation to pay back wages for its musicians and staff, contingent upon the appointment of a new executive director and the development of a balanced budget and detailed business plan.”

Posted September 15, 2009