Paul Guzzi Named Chairman, Board of Directors, Citi Performing Arts Center

Outgoing President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has long history with Citi Center

BOSTON – Paul Guzzi, longtime President & CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, has been named Chairman-elect of the Citi Performing Arts Center Board of Directors. Guzzi will be stepping down from his position with the Chamber this summer, after 19 years of service. He has a history with Citi Center serving as a Trustee and member of the Board of Overseers dating back to 1983. Guzzi assumes the chairmanship after an official vote of the Board during the Citi Center Annual Meeting on June 10, after which he will take over for outgoing chairman, Scott Sperling.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Guzzi was Vice President of State and Community Affairs for Boston College and a consultant for Heidrick & Struggles, an international recruitment and consulting firm. Guzzi also served as a Vice President at Data General Corporation and as a Senior Vice President at Wang Laboratories. During his tenure at Wang, he also served as Chief of Staff for Dr. An Wang and worked with him to oversee the restoration and transformation of what is now the Citi Wang Theatre.

“I have been committed to Citi Performing Arts Center and the Wang Theatre for more than three decades, so serving as the Chairman of the Board is an exciting role for me,” Guzzi said. “I look forward to transitioning while continuing to utilize my business and government experience to benefit this outstanding organization.”

Guzzi began his public service career as a State Representative from Newton in 1970. He was elected Massachusetts Secretary of State in 1979. He also served as a Chief of Staff for Governor Edward King and Chief Administrator of the Board of Regents of Public Higher Education.

A graduate of Harvard University, Guzzi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, and he completed Harvard Business School’s Management Development program. He was also an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

In addition to his leadership at the Chamber, Guzzi is co-host of This Week in Business, a weekly television program on NECN. He can also be seen and heard on various media programs throughout the region as a frequent commentator on business issues.

“Paul is a longtime supporter of Citi Performing Arts Center, and coincidentally signed the letter of incorporation for us in 1979 when he was Secretary of State,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President & CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “Citi Center continues to grow in terms of the quality entertainment we bring to audiences in our theaters, and through the education programs we offer to urban youth to fulfill our nonprofit mission. We look forward to Paul’s extensive business and public service background to guide us toward greater success in all areas or our organization.”

In addition to his role as a Trustee of the Citi Performing Arts Center, Guzzi is a Director of Edgewater Technology and was Vice Chairman of the Board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the advisory boards of The Partnership, Inc., the Boston Club, and the Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government. Guzzi lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Joanne, and has three adult children and five grandchildren.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org .

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 15, 2015
Contacts: Joanne Stanway | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1210 | jstanway@citicenter.org