Grand Rapids Symphony appoints West Michigan businessman as new president and CEO

Peter M. Perez (Photo by Terry Johnson)

West Michigan businessman Peter M. Perez has served as president of two world-famous companies in the music industry, Steinway & Sons and C.G. Conn. Now he becomes head of a third music organization, as President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Symphony.


The chairman of Carter Products in West Michigan has been a longtime symphony supporter as past Board Chairperson and co-chair of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Legacy of Excellence Campaign that reached its $40 million goal in April 2016.


Perez, a retired U.S. Navy officer who served his country as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing in the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington from 2010-2012, was appointed interim President and CEO in January ahead of the departure of Peter Kjome, who now is President and CEO of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.