Interim president and CEO
Minnesota Orchestra

Smith assumed interim leadership of the Minnesota Orchestra after the longest labor lockout in American symphony orchestra history and immediately reeled in $13.2 million in private donations, including an extraordinary anonymous gift of $10 million. This year’s labor settlement resulted in a 15 percent pay cut for musicians, but Smith still must show he can eliminate the recurring annual deficits that put the orchestra in a shaky financial position in the first place.