The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra recently announced they identified a permanent replacement to replace interim president Ann Koonsman who was filling in after the abrupt departure of Katherine Akos…
Back in late Juanuary, I published an article about the going-ons in Fort Worth and made the following observation:
Undoubtedly, the ability of Ann Koonsman, retired FWSO president & CEO, to step in as the interim executive leader so they can have ample time to conduct a thorough search for a full time replacement had a significant impact on their final decision. It isn’t often an orchestra board has that sort of resource at their disposal.
Barely a month later the board made the announcement that they managed to identify, interview, and secure the services of a seasoned executive leader that has proven they have the ability to build an organization into a well regarded artistic force, just like Ann Koonsman accomplished. Furthermore, they did this during a time when capable executive leaders are apparently harder to find than a nudist on an iceberg (or according to the newspapers, just the iceberg).
They hired Ann Koonsman.
Although the FWSO board of directors should consider themselves fortunate, it’s good to see an executive who cares enough about an organization (one they have already dedicated a considerable amount of their life to build) decide to come out of retirement to help them get back on track after a two year directional malaise.
Instead of tossing a generic executive search net into the same waters as everyone else, perhaps the organization will use this time to explore unconventional methods for finding Ann’s replacement when she retires for a second time.