The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has appointed Mark Ladd to serve as superintendent of the Hollywood Bowl, officials announced Friday.
“It is a great honor to receive this appointment,” Ladd said. “I look forward to serving in a stewardship role and continuing the tradition of constant improvement at this historic facility.”
Since 1994, Ladd has served in the dual role of assistant superintendent for the venue and associate director of Hollywood Bowl Operations, where he was recently promoted to director.
The Hollywood Bowl is managed on behalf of Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
“We are delighted that Mark Ladd has been promoted to serve as only the third ever appointee to hold the position of Superintendent, Hollywood Bowl,” said Chad Smith and David Bohnett, CEO and CEO Chair, respectively, of LA Phil. “His incredible knowledge and passion for the iconic Hollywood Bowl will continue to serve audiences and artists alike as we move into the second century of this beloved Southern California venue’s tradition.”
Prior to joining the Hollywood Bowl staff, Ladd was operations coordinator at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena. His experience also includes several New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Games, multiple Super Bowls, and the 1984 Olympics, according to officials with Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation.
He lives in Pasadena and has a wife and two adult children.
“I am excited about the appointment of Mark Ladd as the director superintendent of the Hollywood Bowl,” County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “This beloved performance venue is an asset in the Fifth District that requires thoughtful stewardship. Mark offers a long history of committed service to the Bowl and its visitors. I look forward to working with him so that we can continue our coordinated community engagement strategies. I am pleased we share a common vision, and both prioritize soliciting community feedback to address sound, traffic, and long-term mitigation projects.”