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Kenneth Pigott


Lyric Opera of Chicago's Board of Directors unanimously elected Kenneth G. Pigott as its president and chief executive officer in May 2011. Previously, Pigott served as executive vice president of Lyric's Board (2010-11) and chair of Lyric's production sponsorship committee (2000-11). He has served on the executive committee since 2000 and sits on all of Lyric's standing committees. He chaired the eight-month international search that resulted in Lyric hiring Anthony Freud as general director in 2011. He also led the discussions with soprano Renée Fleming that culminated in her becoming creative consultant to Lyric in December 2010. Pigott is Lyric Opera's eighteenth president and CEO, succeeding Richard P. Kiphart. Pigott joined Lyric's Board of Directors in 1998.

Pigott's career includes more than 40 years of operational, investing, acquisition, and finance experience. He is managing partner of Vaduz Partners LLC, a private investment company specializing in information technology services. He has led multiple successful private investments involving business transformations of several companies, including USA.NET, Collegis, Premier Systems Integrators, Intertech Resources, and Systems Maintenance Services. Pigott was a corporate partner at the Winston & Strawn law firm (1968-79). He graduated from Iowa State University (where he captained the school's football team), and Harvard University Law School. He also served as a financial advisor to Gillett Holdings, DeBartolo Corporation, and Reading Company (1979-85).

Pigott serves as an executive committee member of the board of Chicago's Merit School of Music, and is a board member of Opera America. Pigott, along with his wife, Jane DiRenzo Pigott, also actively support the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, the Harris Theater, and the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chi Arts). They also support health, education, and civil rights initiatives including infectious disease research and clinical services at Northwestern University, the Young Women's Leadership Charter School, Reading in Motion, the Posse Foundation, the Civil Rights Center of the University of North Carolina, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Children's Hospital of Chicago Medical Center / Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Pigott, 68, and his wife live in Chicago. Their seven adult children live throughout the United States.
Ken Pigott