© 2023 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

McMennamin resigns as CSO board chairman

The chairman of the Columbus symphony board of trustees has resigned. The announcement comes days after Michael McMennamin left his position as chief financial officer at Huntington bank amid a SEC investigation.

In his letter of resignation, Michael McMennamin wrote was leaving the symphony board because he needed to fully focus on events in his business life.

Earlier this week, Huntington announced it was replacing McMennamin as C.F.O. as the bank tries to reach a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Regulators have been looking into alleged accounting problems at Huntington.

Last month, the CSO hired former Bank One investment executive mark Beeson as interim executive director. Beeson himself was fined by the sec for trading violations.

The CSO faces other challenges: the search for a new music director and negotiations with the musicians union over a proposed pay cut.

Before McMennimen resignation announcement, the head of the musicians union, Doug Fisher said he was concerned about the impact on contributions.

McMennamin served on the board for 4 years, the last year as chairman.

The vice chair of the CSO board, Fordham Huffman will serve as chairman until a full board election can be held.

In a statement, Huffman said the board is grateful for McMennamin's leadership. Huffman said the board regrets but understands McMennamin's decision

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.