CMA leader resigns after four-year run

Moore led association with extension of TV partnership with ABC

The County Music Association Board of Directors announced today that Steve Moore has submitted his resignation as chief executive officer, effective June 30.

In a release, CMA officials did not explain the apparent suddenness of Moore’s departure.

“The board will make an announcement about a transition plan soon,” Wendy Pearl, CMA spokeswoman, told the Post.

Moore (pictured) began his tenure as CMA interim CEO in 2009.

“After nearly four years in this position, and given the phenomenal success that the CMA team has achieved, this seemed like an appropriate time to step aside and pursue other corporate and philanthropic opportunities,” he said in the release.

Troy Tomlinson, the Country Music Association Board of Directors chairman, said Moore helped take the CMA to “new levels” of success.

“He’s been a tremendous asset to CMA due to his high regard in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for Country Music,” Tomlinson said.

During his time as interim CEO and as CEO, Moore helped the CMA secure a long-term extension of the television partnership for the annual CMA Awards, the CMA Music Festival special, and the CMA Country Christmas special, all on the ABC Television Network.

Under Moore, the 2013 CMA Music Festival hit a record attendance with an increase of 13 percent. In addition, he created and led The CMA Foundation. He also created a community outreach manager position and CMA EDU, which was launched at three Middle Tennessee college campuses and several ambassador campuses nationwide.