Grand Rapids Symphony president and CEO to step down at year end

Posted on: August 20, 2018

“Grand Rapids Symphony President and CEO Peter Perez plans to retire by Dec. 31,” writes Monica Scott in Sunday’s (8/19) Grand Rapids Press. “Perez, owner and chairman of Carter Products Company, took the reins in March 2017 following the departure of Peter Kjome. He served a brief stint as interim. ‘After a short time on the job, we recognized that Peter was the right person to lead the organization into the future,’ said Charles Frayer, who co-chaired the Presidential Search Committee…. A national search for Perez’s successor is now underway. ‘While I have enjoyed the unique opportunity to lead this fine organization, I know that it is time for younger leadership to take the Grand Rapids Symphony on a journey to even greater accomplishments,’ said Perez, 78. In June, the symphony received a four-year, $1.1 million grant from the Wege Foundation that is enabling it to weave diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives into all of the orchestra’s activities. The goal is to engage a broader audience and share live orchestral music with everyone in the community…. A long-time volunteer and symphony supporter, Perez served as board chair from 2013 to 2015.”

Posted August 20, 2018