Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Selects Arvind Manocha as New President and CEO
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has selected Arvind Manocha as the not-for-profit organization's new President and CEO. Manocha will begin his tenure on January 2, 2013 following the retirement of long-time leader Terrence D. Jones. Manocha is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, where he oversees the Hollywood Bowl, a venue that serves more than one million patrons annually and shares a commitment to the all encompassing programmatic vision of the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. During his tenure at the Bowl, he has been responsible for growing attendance, increasing the variety and scope of concerts, and managing a multi-million dollar program of ongoing capital improvements. Since he took on management of the historic facility, the Hollywood Bowl has been named "Best Outdoor Amphitheatre in the U.S." eight years in a row by Pollstar magazine (2004-2011).
"The Board was committed to finding a strong successor to build upon Terre's outstanding achievements," said John C. Lee, IV, Chief Executive Officer of Lee Technologies and Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors. "Following an extensive national search, we are thrilled to have selected Arvind from an impressive pool of candidates. Arvind's demonstrated record as a dynamic leader and creative thinker makes him ideally suited to lead the Foundation to new levels of excellence while upholding the legacy of our founder, Catherine Filene Shouse."
Over the course of his career with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Manocha served in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his current role as COO. He first joined the organization to direct the strategic planning for Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. After taking over management of the Hollywood Bowl in 2004, his position with the Philharmonic eventually grew to include responsibility for a wide variety of year-round artistic and operational activities at both of its iconic venues, the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. He works closely with the senior leadership and the Board of Directors on creating the strategic direction of the company, one of the country's largest music institutions.
"Wolf Trap is a paragon of our business. It is a great honor to have been selected to lead this prestigious and innovative arts and education organization. I look forward to working with the Board and the entire Wolf Trap team to continue to build on their strong record of success," stated Manocha.
Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Manocha served as a consultant in the Los Angeles offices of McKinsey and Co., working with clients across the entertainment, retail, and non-profit arts sectors. After leaving McKinsey, he consulted for a number of arts organizations around Southern California before starting his career with the LA Philharmonic. Manocha is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Cambridge, UK, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has served as a Director on a number of Los Angeles-area Boards, and serves as a Regional Chair of the Marshall Scholarship Selection Committee.