It’s been one of the great joys of my life to be part of making the Tessitura Network grow into what it is today, serving arts and cultural institutions around the world.
As many of you know, I’ve been here since the founding of the Network. Before that, I spent several years leading the development of the original Tessitura software at the Metropolitan Opera. And I’m not going anywhere.
This year we transition to only our second CEO, as Andrew Recinos takes on that position. That transition has been planned for some time, and it’s been an honor to work with Andrew in his roles as Executive Vice President and President over the last few years. I’m excited for Andrew and excited to watch and help him step into his new position. He is eminently and uniquely suited to lead the Tessitura Network.
Recently we announced a series of leadership changes designed to reaffirm our commitment to advancing the business of arts and culture. Andrew and I as well as the rest of the Executive Team discussed this at length, and we all feel that these changes will position the company well as we enter our third decade. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about one aspect of the company restructure—one that I feel is vital and also very dear to my heart.
We are creating a new group, called Innovation, that combines our product, development, hosting, and staff IT departments. The existing teams and structures are intact but will now be more closely aligned and better able to collaborate, share resources, and work toward unified goals.
Along with Andrew, I’m pleased that John Jakovich, our Vice President of Engineering, is now Tessitura’s Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for the entire Innovation Group. John has proven himself to be a great leader and manager and is without a doubt the right person to guide the future of our technology.
Ron Wilson, Chief Technology Officer, Anna Wessely, Vice President of Hosting, and I will work together with John as a leadership team in the Innovation Group. I will work closely with the Product team focusing on our current Version 16 initiative.
As for me, I want to support this new leadership in the technology operations of the Network. And I believe it is time for me to give up some of my day-to-day management duties to concentrate on areas that both fascinate me and bring me back to my roots here.
With John overseeing our Innovation Group, I am moving into a new role of Chief Engineer and Co-Founder, working under John’s direction with special emphasis on helping to carry on our product evolution and working on some strategic technical projects. I may even go back to doing more actual Tessitura software coding, which excites me every day!
I will also continue to serve on the Executive team to help in strategic decision making, reporting to the CEO.
As I move into this new role, I want to acknowledge the skills and passion of all my colleagues at the Network that make it possible to have every work day be a joyous and creative one. And the amazing Tessitura member organizations that trust us to support them in their important missions.