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The Woodruff Arts Center has named Douglas Hertz as chairman of its board of trustees. He will serve a one-year term that begins June 1. 

Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors, previously served as the chair from 2014 to 2017 and will replace outgoing chair Phil Jacobs, who will be vice chair.

“I could not be more pleased to have the opportunity to serve again,” Hertz said in a press release. “The Woodruff Arts Center is an Atlanta treasure and despite the current Covid-19 disruption, the center will continue to successfully serve the community for many decades to come. Phil Jacobs’ continued leadership will serve us well during this period of economic uncertainty.”

Thomas Chubb, CEO and president of Oxford Industries, was scheduled to become chair next year, but will delay that for one year.

The Woodruff campus includes the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Alliance Theatre and the High Museum of Art.

Newly elected trustees for the Woodruff include: Peter Aman, managing director, Ernst & Young LLP; Jon Bridges, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Chick-fil-A; Lisa Calhoun, general partner, Valor Ventures; Howard Feinsand, chief executive officer and principal, Feinsand Business Advisory LLC; John Foreman, chief product officer, MailChimp; Jordy Gamson, cofounder, Icebox Cool Stuff; Ty Johnson, chief executive officer, Select Interior Concepts; David Leiter, managing partner, KPMG LLP; Milford McGuirt, Atlanta office managing partner (retired), KPMG; Pat Mitchell, Pat Mitchell Media; Howard Palefsky, president, Victoria Capital; Erica Qualls-Battey, area general manager, Marriott International; Michael M. Rogers, president, Dorsey Alston Realtors; Pradeep Sinha, M.D., Ph.D., FACS; Lyle Tick, president, Buffalo Wild Wings (Inspire Brands Inc.); and Carol Yancey, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Genuine Parts.

“We are excited and honored to have this collective group of leaders join the center’s board,” Woodruff President and CEO Doug Shipman said. “We know these are uncertain times for everyone, so their willingness to serve and support the visual and performing arts means that much more. I look forward to working with each of them in the coming weeks, months and years.”

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