Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Maria Van Laanen to Succeed Susan Stockton as President

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors announced today that Executive Vice President Maria Van Laanen will succeed Susan Stockton as president beginning in the 2014-15 Season.

This change was prompted by Stockton’s decision to retire at the end of the 2013-14 Season, capping a career spanning more than 40 years in arts management. Stockton joined the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center as president in 2003.

Maria Van Laanen joined the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in 2001 as director of marketing and draws from more than 20 years of arts management experience. She has been instrumental in leading the organization since the beginning. For more than five years she served as vice president of communications and external relations. In 2011 she was promoted to executive vice president and assumed the role of overseeing the day-to-day operations for the Center.

“The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center has quickly become recognized as a leader in our community and the industry. We are grateful for Susan Stockton’s work leading the organization to its early successes,” said John J. Hogerty, II, chairman of the board of directors. He added “Maria Van Laanen’s work in the industry and history with the organization makes her the perfect choice to ensure the Center continues to provide the best live experience in Wisconsin.”

Originally from Green Bay, Van Laanen received a bachelor’s of organizational communication degree from University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 1996.

Van Laanen will assume her new role as president on July 1, 2014.

Please join us in congratulating Maria Van Laanen!

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