At press time, the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced the appointment of Chad Smith as chief executive officer, replacing Simon Woods, who stepped down in September after two years in the job. Smith began in his new position immediately, moving from his role as the orchestra’s chief operating officer. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2015, responsible for artistic oversight and coordination of programming, as well as marketing, communications, and public relations, production, operations, media, and learning initiatives. The orchestra stated that Smith’s tenure has been defined by his close relationships with Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen; artistic initiatives including the launch of new orchestral series, multi-disciplinary projects and festivals; and a commitment to the composers and music of today.