North Carolina Symphony appoints Davis interim CEO

Posted on: September 9, 2010

In Thursday’s (9/9) News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), John Murawski writes, “The N.C. Symphony has picked a former utility executive as interim CEO, a position that could last into next year as the financially struggling orchestra looks for a permanent director. The appointment of Don Davis, 65, will temporarily put two retired engineers and former executives from Progress Energy in the top positions at the cultural organization. The symphony’s board chairman, William Cavanaugh III, is a former CEO of Raleigh-based Progress. Davis agreed to take over the symphony’s day-to-day operations after director David Chambless Worters said this month that he is leaving to run a cultural foundation in Texas. Davis takes over Monday. The symphony expects to spend three to six months to find a permanent leader. … This isn’t the first time that Cavanaugh put his trust in Davis. In 2000, Cavanaugh hired Davis at the electric utility, then known as Carolina Power & Light, to run energy subsidiaries. Cavanaugh said Davis is a strong manager with a good financial mind and great people skills.”

September 9, 2010