Mélanie La Couture begins as chief executive officer of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra in July.

The Montréal Symphony Orchestra has appointed Mélanie La Couture as chief executive officer, beginning in July. She will succeed Madeleine Careau, who steps down at the end of June after nearly 25 years at the orchestra. Trained at the École polytechnique de Montréal, and the holder of a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the University of Western Ontario, La Couture has worked at the Montreal Heart Institute since 2013, first as managing director of the institution’s Foundation, and the last seven years as a member of the board of directors and as president and CEO of the Institute. Previously, she spent 11 years with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, occupying the position of chief operating officer from 2007 to 2013. Earlier in her career, La Couture worked as a management consultant for major international companies. Rafael Payare is music director of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra.