Simon Woods, chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been selected by Seattle Symphony Orchestra as its new executive director.

After a frustrating succession of short-term leadership, Seattle Symphony Orchestra has named a new executive director.

Simon Woods, chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has accepted the post.

Woods succeeds interim executive director Mark McCampbell, who stepped in when Thomas Philion left in February.

Woods will begin working on key decisions with SSO immediately, according to the symphony, and will start full-time in May 2011.

Woods will be working with a new music director in the 2011-12 season, when Ludovic Morlot replaces SSO’s music director of 26 years, Gerard Schwarz.

Woods has worked in the U.S. before, with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1997-2004) and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (2004-05).

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