Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League since 2006, has announced her retirement, effective Feb. 16.
She will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for special events through the 2024 Tony Awards, on June 16. Jason Laks, executive vice president and general counsel of The Broadway League, will serve as acting president while the board conducts an official search.
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“While there is never a good moment for an executive who has spent a great deal of time in their role to resign, it is the appropriate time for me,” St. Martin said. “It is truly the most difficult decision as I love the League, the staff, and of course, the industry that we have supported. I am very proud of our League team and the successes we have shared and know they will continue to provide the League with the highest level of commitment for which they are known. It has been the honor of my career to lead this organization, and I am grateful for all that we have accomplished together.”
Since joining the League, she has grown the organization and steered it through government relations successes, economic shifts, labor challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic. Under her tenure, the League has created numerous development, mentorship and educational programs. In addition to her role as the leader of the League in presenting the annual Tony Awards with the American Theatre Wing, the League manages the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
“Charlotte’s remarkable leadership over these past 18 years will have a lasting impact on the League and the Broadway industry,” said Kristin Caskey, current chair of the board of governors. “She championed many of the League’s remarkable initiatives, including Broadway Bridges and Viva! Broadway, as well as expanded critical programs like the Jimmy Awards and Broadway Membership Fellows, among many others. When Broadway shut down for two years during the pandemic, it was under Charlotte’s steadfast leadership that the League helped create the Shuttered Venues Operations Grant and the New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit, two vitally important initiatives that ensured the successful return of our industry. We are immensely grateful for her tireless efforts and deep devotion to our community. I know I speak on behalf of our membership when we celebrate her indelible legacy and wish her great happiness in this next chapter.”
Before St. Martin joined the League, she was the executive vice president of operations and marketing, and president and CEO of Loews Anatole Hotel. She served as chair of the New York Society of Association Executives and also served as chair of both Meeting Planners International and the Professional Convention Management Association Foundations. She currently serves on the board of NYC Tourism+ Conventions. She was named to Grain’s New York Business 2019 Hall of Fame.
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