L.A. Philharmonic Names Ex-Disney CFO Jay Rasulo as Board Chair

Jay Rasulo - P 2015
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Jay Rasulo - P 2015

He will replace Diane B. Paul, effective Oct. 1.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's board of directors has chosen former Disney finance chief Jay Rasulo as its new chair, an appointment that will take effect on Oct. 1, the organization announced Thursday.

Rasulo, who's been on the L.A. Phil's board for 10 years already and has headed its marketing committee since 2009, is taking over as the orchestra starts preparing for its centennial, which comes up in 2019.

"I can tell you, no one in L.A., or the world, for that matter, is going to want to miss what we have planned for the centennial," Rasulo, who declined to go into specifics, told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a very ambitious plan, both from the musical side, led by Gustavo Dudamel, and in terms of our involvement with the L.A. community. There's going to be huge outreach."

Rasulo, who is taking over for Diane Paul, is an investor and advisor in tech startups. He was previously the CFO and senior executive vp at the Walt Disney Company. Before that, he headed Disney's parks and resorts division.

L.A. Phil CEO Deborah Borda said that Rasulo "gets what the LA Phil is all about" in a statement released to THR.

Thursday's board meeting also saw the election of four new members: Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan exec Gregory Adams; management company Gotham Group CEO Ellen Goldsmith-Vein; Causeway Capital Management CEO Sarah Ketterer; and Rising Realty Partners CEO Christopher Rising.