Michigan’s Grand Rapids Symphony has appointed MARY TUUK as president and CEO, effective in early 2019. Tuuk will succeed Peter Perez, the organization’s leader since December 2016. Tuuk, currently chief compliance officer/senior vice president, properties and real estate with Meijer, Inc., also is a classically trained musician who performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. A soprano, Tuuk has sung with several regional classical music organizations. She plays organ, piano, and violin. A Grand Rapids native, Tuuk graduated from Calvin College with degrees in business and music and obtained a J.D./M.B.A. from Indiana University. Prior to joining Meijer in 2015, she had worked at Fifth Third (previously Old Kent Financial Corporation) for nineteen years, including as executive vice president, chief risk officer and as executive vice president, corporate services. Tuuk has served on the Grand Rapids Symphony board of directors since 2012 and co-chaired the search committee that selected Marcelo Lehninger as music director in 2016. She was chairing the search for the organization’s next president and CEO when, following a national search, the committee decided that Tuuk was the best candidate. The search committee recruited, interviewed, and unanimously recommended Tuuk for the position. Going forward, she will step down from her roles with Meijer and the symphony board.

Posted November 16, 2018