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November 17, 2015

External Review Backs Carnegie Hall Director in Board Clash

A legal review commissioned by Carnegie Hall found no evidence to support claims that the venue's executive director, Clive Gillinson, sought to undermine oversight by former board chairman Ronald O. Perelman, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report.

Mr. Perelman stepped down last month after raising questions about possible conflicts of interest in financial transactions and alleging that Mr. Gillinson, Carnegie Hall's top executive for a decade, failed to share pertinent data on the deals with trustees. Most of the board stood by the executive director.

In a statement, Carnegie Hall said the inquiry determined "there was a serious breakdown in the working relationship" between the two officials but no indication that Mr. Gillinson impeded proper governance of the storied venue. Howard Heiss, the attorney who led the review, said Mr. Perelman had legitimate reasons to seek more data on particular deals, which he ultimately received, but that the dispute did not stem from attempts by Mr. Gillinson to undercut the board.