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08-06-99, 05:03 PM (GMT)
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"RB Director - shared?"
 
   Bruce Im wondering about what you said about joint directorships - specifically Bull and Sansom. Are you suggesting that or have they? Also, could you clarify this Mukamedov and Bintley thing - do they or dont they want to do the job together (Id be surprised if they did but just so we get it all straight!)

Anyway, my point was to suggest another possibility; what about Monica Mason doing the job for five years or so with one of the youngsters - Bull or Sansom - taking her position while they learn the ropes? Shes such an important figure in the company Im not sure how she could work with a new and especially younger or less experienced candidate as the big boss. Plus, I think that despite theyre youth and lack of direct oral experience I think that Bull and Sansom could have a lot to offer the company. I would like to argue the pros and cons (although Im more on the pro side I must admit ) of this but unfortunately dont have the time right now - just thought Id see what response it got first!


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Bruce Madmin

08-06-99, 11:54 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: RB Director - shared?"
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   >Bruce Im wondering about what you said
>about joint directorships - specifically Bull
>and Sansom. Are you suggesting that
>or have they? Also, could you
>clarify this Mukamedov and Bintley thing
>- do they or dont they
>want to do the job together
>(Id be surprised if they did
>but just so we get it
>all straight!)

Bull and Sansom is a suggestion of mine - it's not soemthing I necessarily see as the winning combination though. I think that they are both a little young to be credible as ADs on their own this time - perhaps next time. However they might might do better together. Bruce would sort out the herritage/traditional stuff and Deborah the new be more front of house.

On the Mukhamedov and Bintley 'partnership' ideally you need to follow the link and read the interview with them both. It looks to be Irek's idea but Bintley seems not to be particularly interested.

>Anyway, my point was to suggest another
>possibility; what about Monica Mason doing
>the job for five years or
>so with one of the youngsters
>- Bull or Sansom - taking
>her position while they learn the
>ropes? Shes such an important figure
>in the company Im not sure
>how she could work with a
>new and especially younger or less
>experienced candidate as the big boss.
> Plus, I think that despite
>theyre youth and lack of direct
>oral experience I think that Bull
>and Sansom could have a lot
>to offer the company. I would
>like to argue the pros and
>cons (although Im more on the
>pro side I must admit )
>of this but unfortunately dont have
>the time right now - just
>thought Id see what response it
>got first!


The thing against Mason, Bull and Sansom - I think - would be them being too close to RB already. Would they really drive it forward in rich new ways? Would they question sacred cows or would it be more business as usual?


I think the key person in all this is Kaiser. His background is as a business consultant and as such he will be looking for inovation, questioning and an AD that can make the company the best in the world. The past is important, needs to be respected, but the future is what counts. I think Kaiser, and the Board, will scour the world for talent. And like Kaiser himself there will be those with different views and perceptions about what is important and they could look incedibly good at interview.

The thing I took away from Kaiser's talk at the BA (Ballet Association) was that he sees the RB as a world class company looking for dancers, choreographers and management in a world pool. If they crop up locally than that is great, but if there is better eleswhere, then you go get it. You become the best in the world by recruiting the best in the world. ABT, from where Kaiser has sprung, was sick when he took it on and is now widely regarded as having the best line-up of dancers in the world.

At the moment we are all looking at the list of people who have worked with RB. Thats perhaps too narrow.

Pleased that you want to debate - I think there is an awful lot to debate here. But its too late (and I had too good a time at the BA dinner tonight!). And do excuse the typos...


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09-06-99, 04:31 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: RB Director - shared?"
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   I'm glad you had such a good time at the BA dinner, Bruce, and trust that you are now fully recovered. I have another name to suggest for the RB directorship: Anna-Marie Holmes, Currently director of the Boston Ballet. By the time Dowell leaves her contract there will have expired. She has alot of experience with the classics and with new, modern pieces and never was directly connected with the RB so wouldn't get stuck by "tradition" while still being able to respect the worthwhile structures that are in place. Just a thought.


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