Detroit, (July 20, 2017) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the hiring of Jill Elder as Vice President and Chief Development Officer, effective August 29, 2017. Ms. Elder comes to the DSO from the American Cancer Society North Central Region, where she was Vice President, Distinguished Partners, serving communities in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. At the DSO, she will oversee a team of advancement professionals and volunteers and direct strategy for DSO's fund development initiatives.

“Jill's addition to the already excellent DSO team will provide our institution the catalyst it needs to leverage all that’s been accomplished over the past few years as we drive to financial sustainability,” said Mark Davidoff, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the DSO and Michigan Managing Partner at Deloitte.

“We were all so impressed with Jill's warm personality, depth of experience, and consistent track record of success,” said DSO President and CEO Anne Parsons. “We are excited to welcome her into our one DSO family and can't wait to get started together! I wish to thank my fellow members of the search committee for their time and dedication to this important endeavor.”

“It is an exciting time to be a part of the resurgence of Detroit, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is a critical contributor to the cultural life of the city and a key stakeholder in its future,” said Ms. Elder. “The role that the DSO plays in uniting people, connecting communities, and enhancing the education of the next generation impacts the entire region. Community building is at the core of who I am and what I have facilitated during my nearly twenty years at the American Cancer Society. My career was launched in this great city, and I am eager to play a role in its rebirth with the DSO.”

The search was led by a committee of DSO stakeholders including Chacona W. Baugh, Officer at Large, DSO Board of Directors; Ric Huttenlocher, Chairman, DSO Board of Trustees and Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co.; Glenn Mellow, Viola; Haden McKay, Cello; Anne Parsons, President and CEO; Erik Rönmark, Vice President and General Manager; and Linda Lutz, Vice President and CFO. The Aspen Leadership Group and Ron Schiller served as consultants on the search.


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