Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

Atlanta Ballet Gennadi Nedvigin | Artistic Director

President & CEO

Arturo Jacobus

President & CEO

Photo by Charlie McCullers.

Arturo Jacobus enters his tenth season with Atlanta Ballet. He previously was chief executive of Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, each for ten years. Jacobus has also been the chief executive of the Oakland Symphony (Calif.); The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville; The American Center for Wine Food and the Arts in Napa (Calif.); and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle.

Arturo holds masters degrees in business administration, arts administration and human resources management, and he has completed management programs at the University of Washington and Harvard Business School. Jacobus has served on executive boards for such arts organizations as Dance/USA, Washington State Arts Alliance, Northwest Development Officers' Association and California Arts Advocates. Throughout his career, he has stayed actively involved in strategy and advocacy in the arts by chairing and sitting on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Dance/USA and the City of Atlanta's Office of Cultural Affairs.

Before becoming an arts executive, Jacobus served for 20 years as a bandmaster for the U.S. Navy, leading ensembles in Villefranche, France; Gaeta and Naples, Italy; and San Francisco. While stationed in Naples as leader of the U.S. Navy Band, under the Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe (CincSouth), he founded a 50-member NATO ensemble of service musicians from the armies, navies and air forces of Italy, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Jacobus toured Europe with his NATO band, performing concerts, variety shows and military ceremonies on behalf of CincSouth and NATO.