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June 20, 2016

3 Leading Met Museum Officials Exit Amid Budget Crunch

Three high-ranking Metropolitan Museum of Art employees stepped down Friday as the institution begins a staff winnowing to tackle persistent red ink, reports to The New York Times. Among those leaving is Sree Sreenivasan, the museum’s first chief digital officer, who in three years on the job led efforts to redesign the Met's website and develop a smartphone app.

Also departing are Cynthia Round, senior vice president for marketing and external relations, and Susan Sellers, head of design. Each had worked on the museum’s sometimes controversial campaign to rebrand itself as a more welcome and accessible institution. Mr. Sreenivasan will stay on temporarily as a consultant working on digitizing the Met's collection. 

The museum said in April that its budget deficit had grown to $10 million, largely due to reclining retail revenue and continuing debt payments on capital projects. Met President Daniel Weiss said the institution is "looking at ways of streamlining our operation” in a bid to balance the budget within two years and that further buyouts are likely as the museum seeks to avoid layoffs.