Latest arts appointments and resignations

Douglas Gautier (pictured) has been elected as chair for the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC). Gautier is currently the CEO and artistic director of the Adelaide Festival Centre. The news was announced at the organisation’s annual conference in Daejeon, South Korea. AAPPAC promotes cultural exchange across the Asia-Pacific region, and its membership list includes Sydney Opera House, Shanghai Grand Theatre and National Theatre of Korea. Outgoing chair Benson Puah said: ‘I am pleased to handover the chairmanship of the AAPPAC Executive Council to Douglas and I am confident that under his leadership, further strides will be made to grow the influence of the Association and to enable greater artistic exchanges and sharing of expertise within the region.’

Barry C Hughson is to resign from the role of executive director of the Boston Ballet. Stepping down in January 2014, Hughson will join the Toronto-based National Ballet of Canada, where he will replace Kevin Garland as executive director. Hughson joined the Boston Ballet in 2009, and helped to substantially boost revenue and eliminate the company’s accumulated debt. He also oversaw the USD3m (€2.2m) renovation of the ballet’s South End headquarters. Board chair Jack Meyer said: ‘The ballet is a different, and a better place than when he joined in 2009. We shall miss his wit, camaraderie and leadership.’

ChamberFest Cleveland has announced the appointment of Jacqueline Taylor to the role of managing director. Taylor will also continue in the role of director of artistic planning for the Bravo! Vail music festival in Colorado, a position which she has maintained since 2010. Taylor was educated at the Juilliard School and New York University, and was previously the executive director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She is also a member of the board for the Fan Fox & Leslie R Samuels Foundation.

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak has stepped down from the role of music director of the Scottish Opera. Joel-Hornak had only been in the role since the 1 August this year, when he succeeded the company’s music director of six years, Franceso Corti. In a statement, Scottish Opera said Joel-Hornak had resigned from his position due to ‘personal reasons’, but the news comes amidst rumours that there was tension between the Frenchman and the company’s general director, Alex Reedijk, over the decision making process. The company is to announce an interim replacement while the new music director is found.

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