San Antonio Symphony president and CEO departs

Posted on: August 1, 2013

“The San Antonio Symphony on Wednesday said its president and CEO, Jack Downey, has left after less than three months on the job following a budget dispute with organization’s board chairman,” writes David Hendricks in Wednesday’s (7/31) San Antonio Express-News (Texas). “David Green, chief operating officer at the symphony’s future home, the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, will be the symphony’s interim CEO…. Green served as the organization’s president from 2005 to 2008. Symphony board Chairman Dennert Ware made the announcement at a Wednesday symphony staff meeting…. ‘I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jack, but we were unable to reach agreement on a budget strategy,’ Ware said in a prepared statement.… Reached by telephone, Ware declined to elaborate on the symphony’s budget situation.… The [orchestra’s] budget year doesn’t end until Aug. 31…. Ware said he turned to J. Bruce Bugg Jr., who heads the Tobin Center’s foundation board, for executive help ‘while we regroup.’ … Both Green and Mike Fresher, the Tobin Center’s recently appointed president and CEO, will work with the symphony during the executive search, Bugg said…. Bugg also said the Tobin Center leadership already is working on a shared-services arrangement with the symphony and other planned resident arts organizations to save on costs.”

Posted August 1, 2013