Former GAC chief to lead CMA on interim basis

Committee for Moore replacement search to be named soon

As it gears up for a formal search for a CEO to replace recently departed Steve Moore, the board of the Country Music Association on Monday said its president, Ed Hardy, will lead the group on an interim basis.

Hardy retired last year as president of the Great American Country television network, which he had led since it was acquired by Scripps Networks in 2004. He has been a member of the CMA board for eight years and has served on every committee. He assumed the role of board president on Jan. 1.

“Ed Hardy will oversee the day-to-day operations of CMA and will be the Board’s transitional liaison with the CMA management team while the search for Steve’s successor takes place,” said Troy Tomlinson, chairman of the board. “Ed is respected in the industry and I am confident that his experience and leadership will be of tremendous value to the staff at CMA.”

Tomlinson said the board will soon name a search committee and, after that, a process through which applicants can throw their names in the ring.