Henry Timms is president and CEO of Lincoln Center, the world’s leading performing arts center, comprised of 10 organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, and the NYC Ballet.
Under his leadership, Lincoln Center has been credited with a significant transformation. During the pandemic, he created an entire outdoor performing arts center with ten stages, reaching a new and diverse audience. In the face of the crisis, he accelerated—and completed—the fundraising for the David Geffen Hall project, one of the world’s greatest performance and community spaces. The new David Geffen Hall opened in October 2022, with critical acclaim.
He is the creator of the global philanthropic movement, #GivingTuesday, which has catalyzed over $10 billion in donations for good causes. By some estimates, it is the largest and most diverse philanthropic movement in history.
Henry is the co-author of the international bestselling book New Power which was named as a Book of the Year by Bloomberg, Fortune, FT, and CNBC. It was short-listed for the FT/McKinsey Book of the Year. In December 2022, Henry was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the arts and philanthropy. Henry is a Hauser Leader at Harvard Kennedy School, a Senior Fellow at both Stanford University and the United Nations Foundation, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, a GREAT Campaign Ambassador, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.