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Toronto Downtown Jazz appoints new CEO

Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:00

Toronto Downtown Jazz has appointed a new CEO. The company announced, Thursday, Howard Kerbel will serve as its new Che if Executive Officer - taking over from Patrick Taylor, co-founder of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

“This transition will allow me more time to focus on strategic initiatives and allow Howard to develop one of the country’s favourite brands,” said Taylor in a press release. “After 30 years at the helm, I have confidence that Howard has the passion to build upon this foundation and take it to the next level.”

In the past, Kerbel has been apart of teams like American Express Canada, Dynamic Funds and the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

"The team, led by Patrick, has established our Festival as one of the best, well attended and vital Festivals in North America and my goal is to build upon this fantastic foundation to continually captivate jazz fans in our city and abroad with international and local programming from both legendary and emerging musicians. I have been a life-long music fan and couldn’t be more excited to be leading the next phase of this unbelievable organization," Kerbel said in a press release.

This year's festival runs from June 24 - July 3, and it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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