Diane Paul

Diane Paul has served on the board of directors of the L.A. Philharmonic since 2009. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will see a changing of the guard at the top position of its board of directors. David Bohnett, the L.A. technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, is stepping down this month from his position as the orchestra's board chairman, a role he's held for the last five years.

He will be succeeded by Diane B. Paul, a retired lawyer and orchestra board member since 2009. The orchestra said that Paul was elected to the position at a board meeting Friday and that her appointment is effective Tuesday.

Bohnett said in a phone interview that he intends to remain a board member after stepping down from the chair position. "I'll be very active [with the orchestra] going forward," he said.

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He said that his term as chair was originally supposed to last for three years and that he ended up serving five years at the orchestra's request.

A spokeswoman for the L.A. Philharmonic said that Bohnett will take on the position of vice chair.

In her career as an attorney, Paul specialized in litigation and worked at the firms Loeb & Loeb; Cox, Castle & Nicholson; and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The orchestra said that six new members have been elected to its board in the last year: TV journalist Giselle Fernandez; Ronald Litzinger, president and director of Southern California Edison; Adriana Cisneros de Griffin, a Venezuelan communications executive who is the CEO of the Cisneros Group; Teena Hostovich, executive vice president at Lockton Insurance Brokers; Linda Brittan, co-owner of Roxbury Management, a property management company; and arts philanthropist Alyce de Roulet Williamson.

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