Arizona Opera's former general director has been named to head up Ballet West, the 50-year-old ballet company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scott Altman takes over as executive director in early August, according to a press release issued by the company.

In the release, the company noted Altman's three decades of experience in the performing arts and non-profit arts administration. The company said that under Altman's leadership, Phoenix-based Arizona Opera "experienced an unprecedented patron growth and expanded audience development. He also oversaw the design and construction of a new Opera Center in central Phoenix and successfully consolidated operations into one city."

“Scott brings to Ballet West outstanding skills and a proven track record in non-profit management and fundraising, “Victor Rickman, Ballet West Board chairman, said in a written statement. “He is an excellent communicator who will provide leadership at every level of the organization. We are pleased to welcome him to the Ballet West family.”

 “I am thrilled to join the Ballet West family, and together with my wife and children look forward to making the beautiful city of Salt Lake our home” Altman said in a prepared statement.