The TSO has confirmed that Jeff Melanson has resigned from his position as President & CEO of the TSO, effective March 29, 2016. According to the TSO, The Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Melanson mutually decided that it was in the best interests of both parties to part ways.
TSO Board member, Sonia Baxendale has agreed to accept the position of Interim CEO until a suitable replacement is found. The board has formed an executive search committee to fill the position as soon as possible.
Baxendale is a senior member of the board, and will step aside from her position to concentrate on her new leadership role.
It has not yet clear if the resignation is directly related to the recent Globe and Mail report critical of Melanson’s dealings with ex-wife Eleanor McCain and allegations of misconduct during his time at the Banff Centre.
We are waiting to receive more details on the story and will have a statement from Richard Phillips, Chair of the Board of Directors shortly.
[For our follow-up on the story, including interviews and exclusive details, see TSO SHAKE-UP | More Revealed About Jeff Melanson’s “Departure” From TSO]