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ENB chief executive Karen Napier resigns

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English National Ballet’s chief executive, Karen Napier, has quit her job after three months in the position.

She began in February of this year and resigned last month because it was “not the right role for her”, according to a spokeswoman at ENB.

The spokeswoman added that Napier “remains a passionate supporter” of ENB and enjoyed working with the company.

Replacing Napier as interim chief executive is former BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson.

She took up this position at the end of last month and will work on a part-time basis while ENB recruits a new chief executive.

Thomson, who was in the running for the position of director general at the BBC before George Entwistle was appointed, said: “It’s a very exciting point for the company [ENB] because they have an artistic director who is a world-class ballerina with an artistic vision. I think there is a synergy – I’ll be coming from bringing the BBC to Salford to bringing ballet to Liverpool [with ENB’s tour of The Nutcracker this autumn].”


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