Glenn Dobbin Appointed as ROM’s Deputy Director, Operations

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Director and CEO William Thorsell has announced the appointment of Glenn Dobbin as the Museum’s Deputy Director, Operations, effective August 7, 2007.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Glenn to the ROM’s senior management team,” said William Thorsell. “He will be responsible for all aspects of the Museum's day-to-day operations, including finance, exhibits and programs, visitor services, marketing and commercial development, human resources and the management component of Renaissance ROM.” Mr. Dobbin, who will report directly to the Director and CEO, will also serve as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

For the past six years, Mr. Dobbin has served as General Manager of Ontario Place in Toronto. A graduate of York University, he has held increasingly challenging executive roles in major attractions, including Canada's Wonderland and SkyDome in Toronto, and Legoland Windsor theme park in the United Kingdom. With an excellent record in leading strong management teams, he has contributed significantly to the revival of Ontario Place since 2001.

Mr. Dobbin joins the ROM at an important moment in the evolution of Renaissance ROM, as it moves from project management to implementation of the plan with the ROM’s various audiences. He will play a decisive role in meeting operational plan objectives, which foresee growing revenues and, ultimately, reinvestment in the intellectual capital of the ROM and its public programs. Mr. Dobbin was the unanimous first choice of the selection committee, which included William Thorsell, Mark Engstrom (Vice President, Collections and Research), David Palmer (President and Executive Director, ROM Board of Governors), Bill Graesser (Chief Financial Officer) and Chris Koester (Executive Director, Human Resources).

Mr. Dobbin succeeds Meg Beckel, who after nine years at the Museum, will serve as the next Vice President, External Relations, at the University of Waterloo.