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Handel and Haydn Society appoints new CEO

David Snead.

On the heels of its bicentennial, the Handel and Haydn Society has appointed a new president and CEO. David Snead, currently vice president of marketing, brand, and customer experience at the New York Philharmonic, will take up his post with the venerable chorus and period-instrument orchestra next month , and will work in partnership with artistic director Harry Christophers.

Snead, who succeeds Marie-Hélène Bernard, arrives as the organization enters the final stages of a $12 million capital campaign. Reached by phone, Snead said he was inspired by a recent H&H performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony delivered in Copley Square. “This is an orchestra,” he said, “with a point of view, and something to say.”


Jeremy Eichler can be reached at jeichler@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Eichler.