Mercedes Bass, a longtime trustee of Carnegie Hall, has been named its acting chair, the Wall Street Journal reports. She will run the organization until a replacement for Ronald Perelman, who stepped aside in September after seven months in the post after suggesting that the organization was mismanaged, is found.
Bass, who has served on the Carnegie Hall board since 1988, has been its vice chair since 2006. The organization also announced the creation of a new governance committee that will oversee policies and practices and provide recommendations to the board. The committee will be headed by Robert Lipp.
Perelman, who succeeded Sanford I. Weill as board chair in February, accused the institution of lacking transparency and approving "related-party transactions," in which the individuals involved have a relationship prior to the deal. He also expressed concern about the management skills of executive and artistic director Clive Gillinson, whom he suspended; the executive committee subsequently reinstated Gillinson within days.
A group of Carnegie Hall trustees that included Bass defended the board in a subsequent letter, calling "totally untrue" Perelman's contention that the executive committee didn't "respond diligently to the need to investigate the charges" against Gillinson. The letter also said Gillinson denied the accusations against him and "very much wants the review of these charges to be expedited."