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Press Release: Ann Ziff, Michael A. Friedman and Iman Brivanlou join LA Opera Board

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Ann Ziff, Michael A. Friedman and Iman Brivanlou join LA Opera Board

(Los Angeles) June 22, 2015 — Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, announced that three new members have been elected to the company's Board of Directors: the chairman of the Metropolitan Opera, Ann Ziff; the former president and CEO of City of Hope, Michael A. Friedman, MD; and the managing director of TCW's Income Equities group, Iman Brivanlou, PhD.

"This is wonderful news for LA Opera and for Los Angeles," said Mr. Domingo. "I have known Ann for many years and have long admired her leadership as well as her extraordinary support of the Metropolitan Opera, a company that has played an important role in my career and the legacy of opera. Over the years, Dr. Friedman has brought LA Opera to the patients, families and staff of City of Hope, sharing his love of the art form with the community. Dr. Brivanlou has also been a supporter of LA Opera for many years, and I am pleased to see him take this new leadership role with the company. I welcome these three wonderful new members into the LA Opera family and look forward to working closely with each of them. Each new addition to our already excellent board only makes us stronger.” 

All three members were approved at a meeting today of the LA Opera Board of Directors.

“Ann is a dear friend, an inspiring philanthropist and a tireless supporter of the arts,” said Marc Stern, the chairman of LA Opera's Board of Directors. “I have extremely high hopes for the benefits that will accrue from a closer relationship between our company and the leader of Metropolitan Opera. Dr. Friedman is equally philanthropic; he successfully led a billion-dollar campaign to support City of Hope’s initiatives. His leadership and accomplishments in the area of medicine are outstanding." Mr. Stern continued, "I am fortunate to have worked closely with Iman for many years at TCW, where his leadership abilities and creativity have proven to be tremendous assets, and where we quickly bonded in our deep passion for opera. These additions reinforce the fact that LA Opera continues to expand our reach and influence, both nationally and locally. I couldn’t be happier.”

Tamsen Ann Ziff is chairman of the Metropolitan Opera and a vice chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is also vice chairman of the Artist Tribe Foundation and currently serves on the boards of the American Museum of Natural History, Fairchild Tropical Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York Restoration Project, Sing for Hope and World Science Festival, and serves on the advisory board of WonderWork. Mrs. Ziff, a former psychiatric social worker, currently designs and makes jewelry for her Madison Avenue salon, Tamsen Z, and is president of the Bill and Ann Ziff Foundation. She attributes her love of opera to her mother, famed opera singer Harriet Henders, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for two years.

Michael A. Friedman, MD, recently retired as president and chief executive officer of City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment institution dedicated to innovation in basic and clinical biomedical research and delivery of world-class patient care. He continues to serve as the emeritus director of the institution’s comprehensive cancer center and held the Irell & Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair. Dr. Friedman was formerly senior vice president of research and development, medical and public policy, for Pharmacia Corporation. In addition, he served as chief medical officer for biomedical preparedness at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America following the events of September 11, 2001. He had previously served as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deputy commissioner and was later tapped by the Clinton administration to serve as acting commissioner of the agency.

Iman Brivanlou, PhD, is a managing director and head of Income Equities for the TCW Group, a leading global asset management firm. He is the lead portfolio manager for a number of TCW High Dividend Equities and Real Estate funds. As an equity research analyst, Dr. Brivanlou's coverage spanned the real estate, insurance, business services, transportation and consumer staples sectors. He was a Howard Hughes post-doctoral fellow in molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute in La Jolla. He holds a BS in physics from MIT, a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard and an MBA in finance and strategy from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. 

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LA Opera Media Contacts:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554


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