NEWS: L.A. Phil looks north for its new CEO, Simon Woods

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Southern California News Group

Simon Woods, president and CEO of the Seattle Symphony since 2011, has been named CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, effective January 2018. The 54-year-old London native replaces Deborah Borda, who left to head up the New York Philharmonic earlier this year, although he is not getting Borda’s ‘President’ title.

Gail Samuel, who has been serving as the L.A. Phil’s acting President and CEO since Borda left, will resume her former duties as L. A. Phil Executive Director when Woods comes on board, although with several executive positions in play around the country, she may not be with the Phil for much longer.

The Phil’s formal announcement is HERE.

Michael Cooper’s story in the New York Times is HERE.

Deborah Vankin’s story in the Los Angeles Times is HERE.


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