Ward named president and CEO at Phoenix Symphony

Posted on: February 17, 2012

In Thursday’s (2/16) Phoenix Business Journal, Angela Gonzales writes, “Jim Ward—whose two passions are music and business—has been named president and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony. Ward has been serving as interim president and CEO of the nonprofit since January 2011. During the past year, Ward restructured the organization and reduced operating costs by $1.5 million, according to the Symphony. Part of those cost cutting measures included a renegotiated contract with the musicians union, where members agreed to sacrifice a restoration of previous salary cuts. Ward continues to work with the Arizona Ballet and the Arizona Opera on collaborative initiatives to strengthen all three organizations. … A native of Rockford, Ill., Ward was a venture partner with San Francisco-based Alsop Louie Partners and focused on early-stage cloud technology startups. He received his Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale. A classically trained pianist who also played the oboe and bassoon, Ward said he won’t be playing for the Phoenix Symphony any time soon. He said he is delighted to be selected for the position on a permanent basis.”

Posted February 17, 2012