New art museum CEO shakes up management team

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The new head of the Indianapolis Museum of Art has reduced the size of his executive team, including cutting a top position, as an initial step to organization-wide restructuring.

CEO Charles Venable, who arrived in October, will trim the senior management team he received from nine to five members.

Venable said he eliminated the position of Chief Operating Officer Nick Cameron and moved five others to management roles that won't report directly to Venable.

Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary Jennifer Bartenbach, Chief Development Officer Cynthia Rallis and Deputy Director of Collections and Exhibitions Katie Haigh will remain on Venable’s executive team.

Venable also promoted Preston Bautista to the new position of deputy director for public programs and audience engagement. A search has begun for a deputy director for business development and marketing. Venable said he intends to look outside the art world to fill that position.

Leaving the executive team but retaining management positions were Katie Zarich, deputy director for public affairs; Mark Zelonis, the Ruth Lilly deputy director of environmental and historic preservation; Lisa Freiman, senior curator and chairwoman of the department of contemporary art; Ellen Lee, the Wood-Pulliam senior curator; and Laura McGrew, director of human resources.

Other employment changes—either cuts or creations—could occur depending on what Venable and his team determine as they spend the next several months assessing the museum’s operations, he said.

The art museum already has begun merging seven departments into five.


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