Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has appointed Henry Timms, a transformative leader and strategic visionary with deep expertise in the arts and culture, digital, and non-profit sectors as its next President and Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair Katherine Farley announced today. Timms will join Lincoln Center in early May 2019.
As a leader, innovator and thinker, Timms has had global impact across the non-profit and cultural sectors, and far beyond. He has launched impactful social movements, such as #GivingTuesday, which to date has catalyzed more than $1 billion online in the United States alone, and modernized the 144-year-old 92nd Street Y for the 21st century. His writing and thinking on “new power” has influenced everyone from leading politicians and CEOs to celebrated artists, with his recent book being shortlisted for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year for 2018.
As the 11th President and CEO of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Timms will call on his vast experience to lead the premier arts institution as it seeks to develop collaborative initiatives, attract and engage new audiences, and prepare for the redesign of David Geffen Hall.
“Henry is a trailblazing leader of the highest caliber. His combination of collegiality, digital savvy and transformational thinking will be an enormous asset as we develop exciting new projects, and bring the well-known excellence of the arts at Lincoln Center to the broadest possible audience,” said Farley, Board Chair, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. “Henry’s signature style is collaboration, complemented by innovation, ingenuity and enthusiasm, which will serve him well as he works closely with all of our constituent arts organizations.”
“The performing arts transform lives, forge mutual understanding and strengthen societies,” said Timms. “The vision and commitment of Lincoln Center’s board, and the talent of the leaders and organizations on campus, are unparalleled. The privilege of collaborating with these remarkable individuals and of leading this unique institution is an extraordinary honor.”
Timms comes to Lincoln Center from his post as President and CEO of the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center that creates programs and movements that foster learning and civic engagement.
Most notably, he co-founded #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to philanthropy and community that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Mobilizing tens of millions of people in more than 60 countries, it has become the world’s first global day of online giving. As President Barack Obama commented, “Around the world, #GivingTuesday is a grassroots movement that illustrates the impact we can have when we all pull together.” The campaign has won a wide range of honors, including a Cannes Lion at the International Festival of Creativity, and winning the Y a spot on Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list.