The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has named James Johnson chief executive officer. He is currently president and CEO of the Omaha Symphony Association. Johnson will join the ISO this spring after seven years in Nebraska.

His accomplishments with the Omaha Symphony include the negotiation of a groundbreaking five-year collective bargaining agreement with the musicians’ union and improvement in the orchestra’s finances, achieving budget surpluses and significant growth in the endowment. Under his leadership, the Omaha Symphony launched a film series, increased attendance for their classical series, and forged community partnerships to create connections with a more diverse patron base. 

Johnson previously served as CEO of the New York Pops for 10 years. During this time, he initiated successful digital marketing initiatives; secured the orchestra’s first government grants from federal, state and city agencies; revitalized family programs for Carnegie Hall and negotiated national television appearances for the orchestra. He previously served as director of operations for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City, as well as general manager of the Martha Graham Dance Co.

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