Adrian Ellis, who has been executive director at Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2007, will leave his post in January. He will return to work for the arts consultancy company he founded in 1990, AEA Consulting.
Jazz at Lincoln Center announced Ellis's resignation on Tuesday.
Under his watch, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced it would open five jazz clubs abroad, the first of which will open in Doha, Qatar in April.
Other projects Ellis oversaw include the company's concert during the inauguration of President Obama, which featured performances by Wynton Marsalis and Sandra Day O’Connor, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra's tours to Havana, London and Berlin.
Ellis is also credited with keeping the organization in the black, even after it moved into its $131 million Time Warner Center home.
"With his guidance, Jazz at Lincoln Center has experienced great success and stability," said Lisa Schiff, the chairperson of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in a statement. "Adrian has demonstrated his operational skills, strategic insight, and passion for jazz in managing the activities of the organization through good times and extremely challenging ones. This organization is stronger and more effective because of his leadership. We are all indebted to him."
Ellis is not completely cutting ties with Jazz at Lincoln Center. He will act as a special adviser to the Jazz at Lincoln Center board. He said in the company's statement that he would work to ensure that Jazz at Lincoln Center did not miss a beat during the transition.
The board has established a search committee to find his replacement.