Performing Arts Center Names CEO

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(photo courtesy Center for the Performing Arts) (photo courtesy Center for the Performing Arts)

The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel has named Jeffrey McDermott president and chief executive officer. McDermott, who has served in the role on an interim basis since August 2016, will also lead the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation.

McDermott succeeds Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, who left to become CEO of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He joined the center's board of directors in 2010 and has since served as the board's legal counsel. He also chaired the Great American Songbook Foundation's board of directors from 2011 to 2016.

A national search led the board to unanimously select McDermott after interviewing five candidates for the position.

"It was imperative for us to conduct an independent search, but Jeff has a stellar reputation in the community and has clearly demonstrated his ability to lead the organization," said Eric Payne, chair of the Center's board of directors. "The board has been impressed with the new initiatives in programming, marketing, finance and other areas that Jeff has driven over the past 12 months. We are excited about the momentum at the Center, and with this key piece in place, we look forward to its continued growth and development."

McDermott is also a partner with Indianapolis-based law firm Krieg DeVault LLP. As a result of his new position, he will step down as partner, but remain with the firm as senior counsel.

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