LA Phil’s leadership team, as orchestra begins 2021-22 season

Posted on: October 1, 2021

“As it prepares to kick off an important season—one that includes the return to Walt Disney Concert Hall and the opening of the Beckmen YOLA Center—the Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new, strikingly diverse leadership team in place,” writes Tom Jacobs in Tuesday’s (9/28) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The orchestra has created and filled three new upper-level management positions: Renae Williams Niles has joined the organization as chief content and engagement officer. Emanuel Maxwell has been hired as chief talent and equity officer. Summer Bjork, who has held a variety of positions with the Philharmonic over the past 16 years, has been promoted to a third new position, chief of staff. In addition, Daniel Song has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer. The top management ranks, led by CEO Chad Smith, are rounded out by CFO Karen Sturges, who joined the orchestra in 2020; Chief Philanthropy Officer Margie Kim; and General Counsel Mona Patel. Smith said the new hires and promotions ‘build on our core belief that new perspectives, new voices, and new works enhance every aspect of our organization.’ ”