July 10, 2015

Richard Hipple Named CIM Board Chair

Richard Hipple Named CIM Board Chair

Following a unanimous vote by the Cleveland Institute of Music Board of Trustees at their Annual Meeting July 7, CIM is pleased to welcome Richard J. Hipple as its new Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Hipple is a current member of the CIM Board of Trustees and replaces A. Malachi Mixon who retired from the CIM Board after serving as Chair for 17 years. “We are grateful for Mr. Hipple’s willingness to serve in a new and heightened capacity and view it as a strong endorsement of CIM within the greater Cleveland community. We look forward with great anticipation to his tenure," said Joel Smirnoff, CIM President and CEO.

Mr. Hipple is Chairman, President and CEO of Materion Corporation, an international company that specializes in manufacturing high-performance engineered materials headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  Prior to Materion, Mr. Hipple was with LTV Steel for 26 years, including serving as President.  Mr. Hipple also serves as an outside director at Key Corp and Ferro Corporation.

CIM has already benefited from numerous contributions made by Mr. Hipple during his time on both the Audit and Investment committees since his appointment to the board in 2010. “Mr. Hipple has provided a wealth of thoughtful and conscientious leadership as a member of our Board, qualities that will serve us well as he assumes the role of Board Chair," said President Smirnoff.