Los Angeles Philharmonic names Chad Smith CEO

Posted on: October 2, 2019

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Tuesday its new chief executive is Chad Smith, the orchestra’s chief operating officer. He takes the post immediately,” writes Deborah Vankin in Tuesday’s (10/1) Los Angeles Times. He replaces Simon Woods, who stepped down in September. “Smith, 48 … joined the L.A. Phil in 2002 but then left for a stint at the New York Philharmonic. In 2006 he returned to the L.A. Phil as vice president of artistic planning, and in 2015 he was named COO…. Smith had [previously] been named the next artistic director of the Ojai Music Festival, replacing Thomas Morris…. Whether Smith will run the Ojai festival while leading the L.A. Phil … remains to be seen…. ‘The most important thing is: He brings vision,’ Morris said of Smith…. Jesse Rosen, president of the League of American Orchestras, called Smith ‘one of the great artistic planners and leaders in our field. The creativity he’s brought to our art form and the way it’s presented, and … bringing in new and under-represented voices into our community—he’s done incredibly important work, not just at the L.A. Philharmonic but across our field,’ Rosen said.”

Posted October 2, 2019