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Don K. Davis Named North Carolina Symphony Interim President and CEO

Don K. Davis, a member of the Board of Trustees for seven years, is the retired former Executive Vice President of Progress Energy. While on the Board, Davis has served on the nominating, audit, and finance committees and for the past two years, the executive committee. Symphony Board of Trustees Chairman William Cavanaugh III announced today that Mr. Davis, a Fayetteville native and NC State University graduate, will take over duties as North Carolina Symphony interim president and CEO on Monday, Sept. 13.

“We’re delighted that Don has agreed to step out of retirement and into this role on behalf of the organization,” says Cavanaugh. “Don’s years of executive experience make him the best possible choice to lead the Symphony forward in this time of transition.”

“I am pleased and honored to be able to step in to help provide interim leadership for the NC Symphony while we search for its next President and CEO,” says Davis. “Like many North Carolinians, I had the privilege of hearing the Symphony at a young age. Its mission is unique and appreciated by all in North Carolina, and like all my fellow Trustees, I am committed to preserving and advancing this mission of education and entertainment throughout the state.”

“The Symphony has a strong staff and four excellent vice presidents who will continue to move the organization forward,” says Cavanaugh. “We are confident that the Symphony won’t miss a beat as we seek a new president in the coming months.” The Board of Trustees plans to conduct a national search, and a search committee will be formed by the end of the week.

David Chambless Worters resigned as Symphony president and CEO on Wednesday, Sept. 1, in order to lead the Fort Worth, Texas based Van Cliburn Foundation as its president & CEO. “We thank David for his 11 years of service to the organization,” says Cavanaugh. “His leadership will be missed, but we wish him success and happiness in his new role.” Worters’s last day will be Friday, Sept. 10.

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