The Massimo Theatre’s new chief operating officer is a woman: Elisabetta Tesi, formerly director of Human and Financial Resources at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

The new chief operating officer of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo has been appointed to replace Giorgio Pace, who will be superintendent of the Sicilian Symphony Orchestra from 1 April. Following the expression of interest called for by the Foundation, and the subsequent selection based on an examination of curricula and interviews, Superintendent Francesco Giambrone identified Elisabetta Tesi as the candidate with the required professionalism.

Elisabetta Tesi, the first woman at the head of the management-administrative structure of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo, was from 2007 to 2010 head of the Human and Financial Resources Directorate at the Fondazione Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; from 2002 to 2004 councillor at the Municipality of Florence with responsibility for Human Resources and Computerisation, a role in which she gave impetus to the reorganisation of the structure, inserting elements of innovation linked to the digitalisation of services to citizens; from 2004 to 2007 president with responsibility for the management of the Public Transport Company of the Florence area (Ataf). She was at the helm of Ernst & Young Consultants as partner in charge of change management and vice president at Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young.

In his experience at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in addition to directing all areas of administrative, legal and human resources management of the Foundation, he has implemented projects such as the reorganisation of internal processes for the improvement of economic results, the setting up and implementation of the management control process, and a management system for artistic and production-related workers. From 2011 to date, she has been a consultant in the coaching sector, mainly dealing with the development of leadership and managerial skills for companies such as American Express, Benetton, Engineering, Ericsson, Menarini, and Marsh Mc Lennan Group.

“Elisabetta Tesi,” says Superintendent Francesco Giambrone, “is the ideal person to fill a role that is strategic in the Foundation’s process of change and innovation with the aim of introducing a new management culture. His long experience as a consultant in the field of coaching will be of fundamental importance with respect to one of the Foundation’s priority objectives, that of training its staff in the various sectors in order to harmonise the different activities of the offices, define the organisational processes by adapting the skills of the human resources to the new processes and bring about a positive organisational and management climate. On the other hand, the experience and expertise in the field of management control gained during his years at the helm of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will be fundamental in fine-tuning and structuring the management control function, an indispensable tool for the proper management of a complex production structure such as the Teatro Massimo. To Giorgio Pace, who for so many years held the role of operations director, our thanks for the work he has done and our best wishes for future successes’.

Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo and president of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo, expresses “great appreciation for the work carried out by Giorgio Pace and best wishes to the new chief operating officer, in the certainty that he will make an important contribution to the theatre”. The appointment was formalised during the Steering Committee meeting held yesterday.