Wilkinson to retire as Pittsburgh Symphony president and CEO in 2015

Posted on: October 16, 2014

“James Wilkinson, the president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 2011, will retire sometime next year, the symphony announced today,” writes Elizabeth Bloom in Wednesday’s (10/15) Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He will remain in his current position until a successor is named. The PSO will launch an immediate search for his replacement…. Following his retirement, Mr. Wilkinson will stay on as senior vice chair of the orchestra’s board of trustees.” Wilkinson “has been affiliated with the PSO since 1976, when he volunteered as a labor negotiator, and joined the board in 1984. He previously worked for U.S. Steel, Buchanan Ingersoll P.C. and Meritcare Inc. He also was executive director of the Society for Contemporary Craft and co-chair of the Warhol Museum and is a life trustee of the Carnegie Institute. ‘Jim’s dedication and service have brought tremendous value to the Pittsburgh Symphony,’ said Richard Simmons, PSO board chairman, in the [orchestra’s] statement. ‘His wisdom, his calm manner, and his longtime and close relationships with our musicians have been cornerstones of this orchestra’s ability to thrive artistically and to play an important role in our community. I am delighted that he will continue to fill a vital role on the Board of Trustees.’ ”

Posted October 16, 2014