Chicago, March 20, 2014 - The Jazz Institute of Chicago is pleased to welcome Rik Geiersbach, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Boeing as the new Board President.
A passionate advocate for the future of Jazz in Chicago, Geiersbach began his affiliation with the Jazz Institute in 2009. Serving as Chair of the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee as Vice President, Geiersbach is enthusiastic about realizing the potential of one of the most enduring jazz organizations in the city.
“2013 was an outstanding year for us and positions us very well for 2014 and beyond. The education programs, strong membership numbers and city wide attendance at jazz events are a testament to the team effort and all of their great work.” Geiersbach said. “Moving forward we will continue to focus on four key areas to serve our mission of promoting and nurturing Jazz in Chicago:
- Provide Jazz Education
- Develop and Support Chicago musicians
- Build Chicago Audiences for Jazz and
- Foster a Thriving Chicago Jazz Scene
“A big thank you to Executive Director Lauren Deutsch and the JIC staff, past president Joe Glossberg and the Board for their leadership, and all of our wonderful volunteers and members for the work they did for Jazz In Chicago in 2013 and for their continued commitment to our success in 2014 and beyond. I’m proud to lead this terrific, Jazz in Chicago Team!”
Geiersbach is uniquely positioned to take the organization to the next level. His passion for the music, his enthusiasm for rolling up his sleeves to lead the hard work of strengthening the infrastructure and financial security of this venerable 45 year old institution is informed by his expertise in strategic planning and extensive career in high-level corporate environments. Rik’s career prior to Boeing includes leadership positions in both corporate aerospace and management consulting. Immediately prior to joining Boeing, Rik was Corporate Director, Subcontracts and Strategic Alliances, at Northrop Grumman Corporation. In this role, he stood up the Strategic Alliance organization at the Corporate office and provided strategic direction and functional leadership for subcontracts across the enterprise. Prior to Northrop Grumman, he worked at Bain & Company and Deloitte Consulting as a senior manager where he specialized in Corporate Strategy for the aerospace and defense, information technology, and diversified manufacturing industries. Rik earned a Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude from Harvard College. He received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management.
"The Jazz Institute is lucky to have such a strong business leader who also understands the culture of jazz,” said Executive Director Lauren Deutsch. "He is helping us to apply our instinctive improvisational abilities to building a stronger and even more resilient organization. We look forward to continuing to discover how to increase our capacity to make this music we call jazz accessible to all."
For 45 years, The Jazz Institute of Chicago has promoted and nurtured jazz in Chicago by providing jazz education, developing and supporting musicians, building audiences and fostering a thriving jazz scene. For more information on our programs, visit www.jazzinchicago.org.