The Seattle Symphony board has selected Krishna Thiagarajan, currently chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as its new president and CEO.

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The Seattle Symphony board has selected Krishna Thiagarajan, currently chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as its new president and CEO.

Thiagarajan starts in his new position Sept. 1, succeeding Simon Woods, who left in January to become CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Thiagarajan’s appointment is one of several big changes at the top for the Seattle Symphony, with Thomas Dausgaard set to step into the music director role in the 2019-2020 season, succeeding Ludovic Morlot. Longtime Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly will be replaced by Board Chair Designate René Ancinas next season.

“In Krishna we have found a thoughtful and visionary leader who is strongly aligned with our values and aspirations,” Chihuly said in a news release. “His depth of musical knowledge and business acumen combined with a deep understanding of the nuances of our industry make him an excellent choice.”

Thiagarajan’s appointment comes at a time when the Seattle Symphony has been broadening its audience, with first-time ticket buyers getting younger. It’s also in a far healthier financial position than it has been for about a decade.

While full subscriptions have decreased in line with national trends, the percentage of seats filled for the symphony’s signature Masterworks concerts have increased markedly since 2013, and its create-your-own flexible subscriptions have seen healthy growth in recent years.

In its 2016-17 fiscal year, the symphony logged operating revenue of $31.7 million, up 13 percent from the year prior, according to its annual report. Both ticket and fundraising revenue were up. Its operating expenses in 2016-17 were $29.7 million, up 3 percent from the year prior.

In its announcement of Thiagarajan’s appointment, the symphony cited his track record in balancing budgets and growing ticket sales and donations in previous leadership positions. (In the U.S., Thiagarajan has held executive positions with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Symphony in C.) Seattle Symphony also pointed to Thiagarajan’s leadership on recordings, international tours, commissioned new works, education programs for students, and community and corporate relationships.

As CEO of Royal Scottish National Orchestra, a role he was appointed to in August 2015, Thiagarajan oversaw the final stages of the company’s move from its longtime home at Henry Wood Hall to facilities at the RSNO Centre, increased the number of orchestra performances and audience attendance figures, and boosted earned and contributed income, according to the Seattle Symphony.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Seattle Symphony at this exciting time in the orchestra’s history,” Thiagarajan said in the news release. “I believe the Seattle Symphony to be among the most innovative orchestras in the United States, having delivered an impressive track record of growth, artistic excellence and strong community presence. In collaboration with this outstanding group of musicians, staff and board, as well as dedicated supporters, I look forward to serving the community of the greater Seattle area as the orchestra becomes an even more prominent cultural ambassador for the Pacific Northwest.”