Former Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chief Executive Simon Woods is set to leave his role as President and CEO of Seattle Symphony. He’ll take up a new position at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 2018.
Seattle are looking far and wide for a successor to Woods who described the organisation as one “that knows what it stands for, knows where it’s headed and knows how to get there.” One presumes he’s set it on its path, but has no desire to be the navigator in the car.
Since taking up the CEO and President role in 2011, UK born and educated Woods has worked closely with artistic director Ludovic Morlot, setting up an in-house record label – Seattle Symphony Media – as well as developing new ways for the organisation to help the homeless in Seattle.
That Seattle are sending news of management changes across the water speaks to the international reach the band now has. Whoever takes up the reins will need to recognise the importance of capitalising on that.