The Board of the Boston Ballet announced today the appointment of its new Executive Director, Meredith (“Max”) Hodges. Together with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, Hodges is expected to lead the company on its continued upward trajectory as a world-class ballet company.

The selection of Hodges is an internal institutional indication of solid upward growth. Board President Jack Meyer praised Hodges for her analytical and tactical skills and will expect much from her as the organization, already with 67-member company and the largest ballet school in North America, looks to expand and present more adventurous programming, similar to the widely praised "Pricked" from earlier this month.

The ballet’s former Executive Director, Barry Hughson, left just as the company edged away from the fiscal cliff under his bold leadership and celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hughson was recruited to the National Ballet of Canada. The search for his replacement began last August, and now Hodges joins just as the ballet returns from Europe and continues its tour at Lincoln Center in New York.

Hodges is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and brings with her a wealth of experience, having led Gallim Dance and before that, managing planning and finances at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.