Barry C. Hughson Resigns from Boston Ballet, Joins Toronto National Ballet of Canada

Barry C. Hughson Resigns from Boston Ballet, Joins Toronto National Ballet of Canada

Boston Ballet announced today that Barry C. Hughson will resign his post as Executive Director in January 2014. Hughson will join the Toronto-based National Ballet of Canada replacing Kevin Garland as Executive Director.

"Since Barry's appointment, Boston Ballet has had five remarkable years of accomplishment," said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. "I have greatly enjoyed our executive partnership and have tremendous respect for his leadership skills. Barry is leaving the organization on a high note, and with our gratitude. We wish him all the best."

Hughson joined the Ballet in 2009. In partnership with Nissinen, the organization has achieved several key milestones during his tenure. Highlights include the development and execution of the organization's Case for Giving and $10 million Clean Slate Fund. Hughson was also instrumental in securing the future of the Ballet's South End headquarters by negotiating the land lease and overseeing the $3 million renovation in 2011.

Since 2009, Boston Ballet has raised more than $60 million in contributed revenue through annual fund contributions and special funding initiatives. Under Hughson's leadership, the Company has wiped out accumulated debt, and established the first operating cash reserve. In addition, total earned revenue, including ticket sales and school tuition, has increased by more than 20% over the same period.

With a $31 million operating budget, Boston Ballet is the fourth largest ballet company in the United States and has increasingly raised its national and international profile. Tours to Canada, Spain, Finland, and most recently, London, have received critical acclaim. The launch of Nissinen's new Nutcracker in 2012 brought record-breaking audiences and revenue. The Ballet launched the 50th season on September 21, 2013 with Night of Stars on Boston Common. This free performance attracted an unprecedented audience of 55,000 people and was the first large-scale outdoor event presented by Boston Ballet with the full company and orchestra. The 50th season continues at the Boston Opera House with the opening of La Bayadère in October, five company premieres, and will close in June with tours to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and Lincoln Center in New York.

"It has been an honor and privilege to partner with Mikko, our Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, and the brilliant artists of Boston Ballet," said Hughson, adding "As we celebrate our 50th year, the Ballet and its leadership team is stronger than ever, on stage and behind the footlights." To that end, Hughson and Nissinen have recruited new talent to the senior management team including a Chief Development Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and Director of Finance. The Company also added a new position of a Planning and Business Development Manager in 2013. Part of the team's charge is to broaden the company's audience and to expand education and community programs.

According to Board Chair Jack Meyer, "Barry's tenure at Boston Ballet has been marked by progress, accomplishment, and momentum. The Ballet is a different, and a better place than when he joined in 2009. We shall miss his wit, camaraderie, and leadership. We thank Barry for his many contributions to Boston Ballet and wish him and his family well as they begin a new adventure."