(February 8, 2024) – Motown Museum announced today it has begun the search for a new chief executive officer (CEO), as aligned with the iconic institution’s strategic plan and the result of its continued growth and evolution. Robin Terry, Motown Museum’s Chairwoman and current CEO, will remain the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, continuing to lead the Motown Museum expansion and actively supporting the new CEO.
“We are engaging in a national search to find a dynamic executive level talent with exceptional leadership skills and passion for the legacy of Motown. As we increase our team, this individual will step into a critically important role, as a gatekeeper to one of the most influential music brands of our time and carry on the mission and expanded vision of Motown Museum,” Terry said. “It is a necessity that the chosen candidate deeply understands the culture of Motown and Detroit.”
“I look forward to working with our search firm to find the ideal leader who will help take the organization and our programs to the next level. We’ve accomplished incredible growth over the last several years, and we’re excited about where the future is going to take us,” Terry continued. “Now is the right time to begin this search, as we embark on the final phase of the expansion and look to immerse the new CEO in the Museum’s vision and operations before our campus is complete.”
“We would like to have our candidate in place by 2025; however, what is most important to our search committee is finding the best qualified candidate who possesses the right skills and embodies the right spirit to lead this institution,” said Vivian Pickard, member of the Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee. “As Robin fully steps into her Chairwoman role and focuses solely on the expansion, we’re inviting the right person to join us for this exciting new chapter.”
Additionally, Motown Museum has announced appointments to its esteemed Board of Directors, led by Robin Terry. This dedicated group of nationally based business leaders, entertainers and entrepreneurs is charged with guiding the Museum’s bold vision for the future.
“We are positioning Motown Museum for future growth, and expanding our Board of Directors is part of that strategy. We’re fortunate to have these incredibly accomplished individuals serve on our Board of Directors to provide expertise and support to further the Museum’s mission,” Terry said. “Together, we will continue to build upon the founding vision for this Museum established by my grandmother, Esther Gordy Edwards, so future generations recognize the impact of the Motown story in ways that inspire and transform their lives.”
The following esteemed members have been added to the Motown Museum Board of Directors. This brings the Board to a total of 20 members.
- Bob Buzzelli; Senior Director and Shareholder, TerraNova Capital Partners
- Keith Clinkscales; CEO, KTC Ventures
- Douglas “Doug E. Fresh” Davis; Entrepreneur, Legendary Rapper, Producer, and Beatboxer
- Aaron Dworkin; Professor of Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance
- Jeffrey Harleston; General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group
- Vivian Pickard; President & CEO, The Pickard Group, LLC
- Jon Platt; Chairman & CEO, Sony / ATV
- Robert (Bob) G. Riney; President & CEO, Henry Ford Health
- Matthew J. Simoncini; Philanthropist, President/CEO (Retired), Lear Corp