By thesanfranciscoegotist / /

SFJAZZ has announced the appointment of BSSP Co-Chairman Greg Stern as its new CEO, starting June 15, 2020. Stern succeeds Don Derheim and will lead its next phase of growth with Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. 

“Don came in at a very important time in SFJAZZ’s history,” said Michael Lazarus, Chair of the SFJAZZ Board.  “In his six years, we have undergone phenomenal growth that is nearly unheard of in the performing arts field today. SFJAZZ, with Greg Stern at the helm, is well positioned for the next phase of its evolution as a jazz and arts leader throughout the world.”

Stern’s appointment comes after a national search, conducted over six months, managed by a leading global executive search consultancy. Greg Stern has long been involved with SFJAZZ, as a member and having served as a Trustee for nine years.

“I’m delighted that SFJAZZ has found someone of Greg’s enormous breadth of skills and experience,” said Randall Kline, Executive Artistic Director and Founder of SFJAZZ. “His expertise in leading one of the country’s most innovative and successful advertising agencies, combined with his love of jazz and his previous service as an SFJAZZ Trustee, is exactly what is needed to ensure that SFJAZZ will continue to grow and prosper. I look forward to working with him for many years to come.”

Stern noted his longtime association with the organization: “I’ve been attending SFJAZZ shows since I moved to San Francisco in 1992. I’ve known and respected its Founder and Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline for 28 years. I’m excited to collaborate with Randall and the SFJAZZ team to drive further growth for the organization and the unique art form we support.”


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