Detroit Symphony Orchestra Elects Deloitte’s Managing Partner as New Board Chairman


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors has elected Mark Davidoff, the Michigan managing partner at Deloitte LLP, as its chairman.

Davidoff was elected chairman of the board at the DSO’s annual meeting of the governing members Thursday. Phillip Wm. Fisher, board chair since 2012, will now lead the orchestra’s fundraising efforts.

“The next period will continue our dedication to artistic excellence, our march to financial sustainability, our commitment to outreach in Detroit and around the globe, and our role as a driver of cohesion for Detroit and Michigan,” Davidoff says.

The DSO board also unanimously elected Matthew Lester and Arn Tellem as board members.

Lester, CEO of Princeton Enterprises in Bloomfield Township, served as chairman of the DSO’s Board of Trustees throughout 2015 and was responsible for kick starting young leadership participation as the first chair of the Next Generation Committee, an effort to engage a younger and more diverse audience. Tellem is the vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment in Auburn Hills.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s income statement reflects an operating surplus for the third consecutive year, due in part to operating contributions of more than $17 million. This is the fourth consecutive year of increased individual giving ($5.5 million) and subscription sales growth (14,172 subscriptions).

Davidoff has been a Detroit Symphony Orchestra director since 2011, and was the executive leader of the 2015 Mackinac Policy Conference. In addition, he is chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber board through June 2016.