Overture Center announces new president and CEO

Sandra Gajic
Sandra Gajic(NBC15)
Published: Jul. 30, 2018 at 10:10 AM CDT
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After an international search process, Overture Center announced the appointment of Sandra Gajic as president and CEO effective September 24th.

Overture Center for the Arts, the Overture Foundation Board of Directors and the CEO Search Steering Committee made the announcement on Monday morning.

“It is such an exciting time at Overture,” said Overture Center Foundation Board Chair Betty Harris Custer. “We feel that Sandra fills many of the traits we found to be critical—decisive leadership, collaborative style with senior leaders, skilled in diversity and inclusion, experienced in attracting millennials in a similar albeit larger market and experience with Resident Companies.”

Overture Center said Gajic has nearly 40 years of management experience in the private and public sectors. She most recently was the Director of the Vancouver Civic Theaters. Her expertise in the arts arena includes 16 years as Operations Manager at Canadian Opera Company, as General Manager and interim CEO at Arts Commons in Calgary, and as CEO of the Edmonton Opera.

“I’ve spent the past 20 years in arts and culture, most of it involving management in the performing arts,” said Gajic. “I look forward to engaging and becoming an integral part of the Madison community while bringing management cohesion to the relationship among the resident organizations and revitalizing the arts programming.”

Ted DeDee, the past president and CEO of the Overture Center of the Arts, retired in May.