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San Diego Symphony appoints new CEO

San Diego Symphony appoints new CEO

The San Diego Symphony on Thursday named a new chief executive officer to succeed the outgoing Edward "Ward" Gill, who has led the orchestra for more than a decade. 

Martha Gilmer, who is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's vice president for artistic planning and audience development, will start her new job in San Diego on Sept. 24 for a three-year appointment.

Gilmer has worked at the Chicago Symphony for more than three decades in various capacities. Her new appointment marks the second high-level departure from the Chicago orchestra,  after Deborah Rutter stepped down as president to take a job leading the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in...