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Lincoln Center Names Freda Gimpel CFO

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Freda Gimpel, CPA, has joined Jazz at Lincoln Center as chief financial officer. She was most recently director of finance at the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc.

As CFO, Gimpel will direct the organization's financial planning and accounting practices and report to Derek E. Gordon, president and CEO, and to the finance committee of the Board of Directors.

"While we continue to celebrate the opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, we have placed great emphasis in building up our leadership team, " said Gordon. "We're very pleased to have Freda join us. With her broad experience at not-for-profit organizations, we are confident she will help us as we embark on a variety of new areas of business and seek to achieve many important artistic and financial goals. Freda is a great addition to the organization as we announce our first full season in our new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall."

Gimpel has 25 years experience in not-for-profit organizations and private companies. While at Metropolitan Opera Association from 2001-2004, she was responsible for the financial management of a multi-million dollar annual operating budget and endowment. Prior to that, she held the position of director of Administration and Finance at the Florida Grand Opera for six years and had previously held positions at the National Foundation for Advancement on the Arts and with Kass & Jaffe, CPAs, where she specialized in accounting for not-for-profit organizations.

In other news, the board of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center elected two new members: Paul C. Schorr, IV, managing partner of Citigroup Venture Capital, Ltd. and John P. Arnhold, chairman and chief executive officer of Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC.

"We are excited with the addition of two new members to the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center," said Lisa Schiff, chairman of the board. "Paul C. Schorr, IV and John P. Arnold bring outstanding skills and experience to our organization as well as a real commitment and devotion to this wonderful music. We welcome them on our very important journey of bringing jazz to people all over the world and especially to those who visit our new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall." — Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen