The Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors Appoints Executive Vice Presidents Ryan Fleur and Matthew Loden as Interim Co-Presidents
(Philadelphia, November 15, 2017)—The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra today announced that Executive Vice Presidents Ryan Fleur and Matthew Loden will serve as interim co-presidents following the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer Allison Vulgamore on December 31, 2017. The appointment will provide important continuity of leadership.
Fleur and Loden have served the Orchestra since 2012, and are superbly qualified to carry forth the organization’s mission and goals—as laid out in its strategic plan, Compass 2022—as the search for Vulgamore’s successor proceeds.
“Matthew and Ryan are consummate professionals,” said Orchestra Board Chair Richard Worley. “They have significant institutional knowledge and important relationships in our community, and they have the full confidence of the management team and the Board.”
“It has always been a pleasure working with Ryan and Matthew and benefitting from their expertise,” added Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “I look forward to working with them even more in their expanded role during our exhilarating 17-18 season.”
In his role as Executive Vice President for Orchestra Advancement, Fleur has been responsible for the Orchestra’s earned revenue, including ticket sales in Philadelphia, U.S. and international performance fees, and electronic media and shared services including Information Technology and Ticket Philadelphia. He oversees the day-to-day workings of the Orchestra, including production and personnel, human resources, marketing, services shared with other performing arts organizations, and electronic media distribution. He serves on the Board of Ticket Philadelphia.
As Executive Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Loden has been responsible for contributed revenue, public relations and communications, Board governance and recruitment, and key external relationships, including with the Kimmel Center, home of the Orchestra. He serves as Secretary of the Board and Chief Restoration Fund Officer of the Orchestra’s Academy of Music, the oldest operating opera house in the nation.
“It has been extremely gratifying to contribute to the Orchestra’s renewal with Ryan,” said Loden. “We are honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to utilizing the immense talents and capabilities of the full Orchestra team.”
“Matthew and I have been committed to executing in our areas of expertise for the betterment of the organization for nearly six years now,” said Fleur. “With the management team, we are fully focused on continuing to advance the Orchestra’s goals.”
The Board search committee is actively engaged, working with the firm of Isaacson, Miller to identify the next leader of the Orchestra.
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Amanda N. Conte