Knuckles crunch at Carnegie Hall as gala opening looms

No-one expects to see the chairman tomorrow (Weds) at the fund-raising gala that opens the 2015-16 season.

Ronald Perelman has announced he will resign as chairman (though without specifying a date) after failing to get the board to suspend Clive Gillinson, the artistic and executive director.

Gillinson’s exercise of authority is said to be ‘under internal review’ after Perelman’s complaints.

The conflict, in the thick of a $125 million cash campaign, is not over yet. 

To restore confidence, the board needs to name a new chairman who can match Perelman’s missing bucks. Fast.

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  • They have already had a chairman who could match Perelman’s bucks. His name was Ron Perelman, and he was a terrible chairman. Perhaps they should find someone who can match Sandy Weill’s managerial skill and leadership? Half the people currently on the board could make gifts to Carnegie Hall rivaling Perelman’s totals. Most of them should not be chair of the board.

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