John Nuechterlein is President and CEO of the American Composers Forum, a leading national service organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1975 as the Minnesota Composers Forum by Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, the Forum has grown exponentially in the past 40 years. It offers a broad range of innovative programs that support the artistic careers of composers and develop new opportunities for their work. John served as Managing Director of the Forum from 1998–2003, and became President in July 2003. He has overseen a variety of programs that continue to serve a growing membership base that now numbers 2,000 composers and performers. Prior to joining the Forum, John worked for 15 years in the corporate sector. He held various senior management positions in leading consumer product companies, including Butler, Yardley of London USA, Maybelline and L’Oreal. He currently serves on the board of the Performing Arts Alliance in Washington, DC and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts in Minneapolis.
Nuechterlein holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and voice performance from Valparaiso University.