Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher has been named the Academy of Country Music’s new chief executive officer, the ACM announced Monday (Jan. 9).
Fisher will begin his new duties on Jan. 30 after moving from Nashville to the Los Angeles area. The ACM’s offices are located in Encino, California.
Fisher will become only the second CEO in the Academy’s 53-year-history. Bob Romeo stepped down from the post in May 2016 after 13 years at the organization. Prior to that, the Academy was managed by Fran Boyd and Bill Boyd, dating back to the Academy’s inception in 1964.
During his 17-year tenure at the Opry, Fisher oversaw all activities of the world’s longest-running radio show and the historic 4,400 seat Grand Ole Opry House. In addition to managing the venue’s daily operations, he produced its weekly Opry shows along with numerous audio projects and television specials. He’s currently nominated for a Grammy as co-producer of the concert film, American Saturday Night — Live From the Grand Ole Opry.
The 52nd annual ACM Awards show takes place in April in Las Vegas.