BSO elects new board chair, president


BOSTON -- The Boston Symphony Orchestra has elected a new board chair, a new board president, three new trustees and 12 new overseers. Their terms all begin Sept. 1.

One of the new overseers is Sarah Eustis the CEO of Main Street Hospitality and managing director of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. The BSO’s summer home is Tanglewood in Lenox.

William "Bill" F. Achtmeyer, chairman and managing partner of The Parthenon Group LLC of Boston, an advisory and equity firm, was elected board chair, the board’s top leadership position. He replaces outgoing Chairman Edmund Kelly,

Paul Buttenweiser, a psychiatrist specializing in psychoanalysis, and child and adolescent psychiatry, was elected board president. Buttenweiser, who has also written two novels, is a former member of the board of overseers at Harvard University.

The three new trustees are Susan Hockfield, Barbara Hostetter and Joshua A. Lutzker. Hockfield is a professor of neuroscience and president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The board of trustees has the legal responsibility to set the BSO’s policies by approving budgets, reviewing audits, handling and maintaining assets, and appointing both the musical director and managing director positions.

The trustees also establish fundraising mechanisms and assume leadership in capital, endowment and annual fund drives.

Besides Eustis, the 11 other new overseers are James Aisner, Liliana Bachrach, Yumin Choi, Beth Fentin, Zoher Ghogawala, Patricia Gilbert, Karen Kaplan, Randy Pierce, Ronald Rettner, Sandra Urie, and Marillyn Zacharis.

At the BSO, overseers lend their expertise and judgment to the trustees and management on a wide scale of topics, including development, marketing, finance, real estate, government relations and ancillary activities.


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