Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra names new executive director

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The Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, formerly the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, has appointed Michael Flanigan executive director, according to announcement the organization made on Monday.


Flanigan, whose career has included a variety of positions in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, comes to the orchestra from Carroll University, where he served as an adjunct professor of entrepreneurial studies, marketing and corporate finance.

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He previously worked in financial services and for a number of telecommunication companies, including serving as president and general manager of Cellular One of Eastern Wisconsin (now U.S. Cellular).

Flanigan has also been involved in a range of civic, charitable and educational organizations, including United Way in Waukesha County and Milwaukee County and the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin.

The Washington, D.C. native is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserve and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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