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Mark C. Hanson, Chief Executive Officer

Mark Hanson joined the San Francisco Symphony as Chief Executive Officer on September 1, 2017.  Prior to his SFS appointment, he served as Executive Director & CEO of the Houston Symphony for seven years, during which time the orchestra appointed Colombian-born, Vienna-trained conductor AndrĂ©s Orozco-Estrada as Music Director.  Early in his tenure, the Houston Symphony embarked on an ambitious and successful plan to expand the Symphony’s audience and donor bases through expanded community partnerships and performances, new concert formats and multi-media projects, and increased marketing and visibility. As a result of that plan, the Houston Symphony saw annual contributed income more than double, earned revenue grow by 20%, attendance increase from 286,789 to 339,063 people, and achieved six consecutive balanced budgets. While serving as President and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2004-2010), Hanson helped to secure the services of Edo de Waart as music director and Marvin Hamlisch as principal pops conductor.  A trained cellist who studied at the Eastman School of Music for two years, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and participated in the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, holding posts at the New York Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife, Christina, are parents to three sons.

(March 2019)

photoMark C. Hanson (c) Brandon Patoc