McKinsey’s boss takes over Grand Opera

James W Crownover has been announced as the next board chair of Houston Grand Opera.

Singers will be expected to bring flowcharts to reheasal.

Jim’s a former joint head of management consultancy McKinseys. He has been a Grand Opera goer since 1987.


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    • Both may be beancounters, but there is a vast difference between the roles of Chief Executive of a British opera company and the Board Chairman of an American opera company. The latter helps appoints the CEO and Music Director but his role is primarily fund raising and putting the squeeze on donors.

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