The Orlando Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees recently announced that it had appointed Cathryn Mattson as the new Interim Executive Director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art, effective May 1, 2023.  

According to a press release we received on April 17, Mattson was chosen by a unanimous vote of the Trustees, after a “substantive search and vetting process.”
We are delighted to appoint Cathryn as the Interim CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art,” says Mark Elliott, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Cathryn’s deep history as a senior executive and commitment to the arts make her our clear choice to lead the Museum.  We look forward to supporting her as she builds collaboration, sharpens our strategic focus, and works with the trustees and the community to ensure a sustainable economic future for the Museum.”
Mattson (Website) comes to the Orlando Museum of Art as a seasoned executive, having held executive leadership positions at Bestfoods and Unilever in strategy, government relations, and business management.  Additionally, she has served as Chief Operating Officer for nonprofits like the Bridgespan Group and Women’s World Banking.
“The Orlando Museum of Art provides inspiration to all who visit,” says Mattson. “I am honored to accept this position and look forward to working with the staff and board to continue building on the strong legacy of the Museum.  A major art museum is essential to a vibrant city, as it is a place where the community can come together, grow, create, and share experiences that inspire and bring joy.  I am delighted to be able to serve this wonderful institution.”
Mattson holds an MBA in marketing and strategy from the Columbia Business School and a BA with honors in English and Spanish from Tufts University. She is a certified coach and has completed leadership programs at the Aspen Institute and The Center for Creative Leadership.

The museum’s last interim director resigned from his post without explanation last summer after just a month at the helm, following the Basqui(not)-led departure of former director Aaron De Groft.

Brendan O'Connor

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