Steve Moore, who has led the Country Music Association for nearly four years, has resigned his position, effective immediately.
Moore was namedÂ CEOÂ two and a half years ago, but had served as interim director before that. He replaced Tammy Genovese, who resigned her position in late 2009.
The organization did not immediately announce plans regarding newleadership, but spokeswoman Wendy Pearl said the board would be making an announcement regarding a transition plan soon.
Under Moore, the 2013 CMA Music Festival hit a record attendance with an increase of 13 percent. He also created and led the newly formed CMA Foundation.
In addition, Moore was instrumental in securing an extension of the television partnership for the annual CMA Awards, the CMA Music Festival special, and the â€œCMA Country Christmasâ€ special, which all appear in ABC TelevisionÂ Network.
â€œSteve Mooreâ€™sÂ dedicationÂ and hard work … (has) taken our organization to new levels of success,â€ said Troy Tomlinson, chairman of the board for CMA. â€œHeâ€™s been a tremendous asset to CMA due to his high regard in the industry as a resourceful and tenacious advocate for country music.â€
Moore has been in the musicÂ businessÂ in Nashville for more than two decades. He came to Nashville as the first executive director of the Starwood Amphitheater. In addition, Moore ran his own entertainment companies, and also served as senior vice president for AEG Live!, of one of the worldâ€™s largest concert promotion, special event. and touring companies AEG Live!.