Press Contact: Anne Scher, The Jewish Museum, 212.423.3271
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE JEWISH MUSEUM
NEW YORK, NY – At the annual meeting of The Jewish Museum's Board of Trustees on June 16, 2011, Robert A. Pruzan was elected Chairman, succeeding Joshua Nash. Mr. Pruzan became a trustee in 2003. He served as President from 2007 to 2011, and is on the Board’s Audit, Executive, Finance, and Trustee Committees. A highly accomplished financial services executive, Robert A. Pruzan will head up a newly elected slate of officers. “With the institution strongly positioned for future success at every level – its staff, trustees, programs, finances and membership – I look forward to leading the Board during a new era at The Jewish Museum,” Mr. Pruzan stated.
Mr. Pruzan is a founding partner of Centerview Partners LLC, a leading independent investment banking boutique specializing in strategic advice, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and principal investing. During his more than 20 years as an investment banker, he has advised on many of the largest and most complex mergers, acquisitions and strategic restructuring transactions around the globe. Mr. Pruzan, who has a BA from Wesleyan University, began his career at McKinsey and Company. Upon graduating from Harvard Business School, he joined Wasserstein Perella & Co., rising to be President of the firm when it was sold in 2000 to Dresdner Bank. He was subsequently named Head of Global Investment Banking and CEO of North America at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein prior to co-founding Centerview Partners.
Mr. Pruzan is involved in a variety of charitable efforts. He is a steadfast supporter and board member of various artistic, educational and cultural organizations. Vice Chairman of ArtsConnection, a leading not-for-profit organization that provides arts education to New York City public school children, Mr. Pruzan also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and is a member of the Portfolio Subcommittee of the Board of Wesleyan University. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Other officers elected to The Jewish Museum’s Board are: Jeanette Lerman, Vice Chairman; Betty Levin, Vice Chairman; Benjamin Winter, Vice Chairman; Craig Effron, Vice President; John Shapiro, Vice President; David J. Topper, Treasurer; Jonathan Crystal, Assistant Treasurer; Teri Volpert, Secretary; Amy Rose Silverman, Assistant Secretary. In addition, three new trustees joined the Board: Bradley Amoils, Carol Schapiro Kekst and Michael Rubinoff.
The Jewish Museum’s highly regarded exhibitions and collections inspire people of all backgrounds. Visitors explore the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org) is located at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street in Manhattan.
Please note: An image of Robert A. Pruzan is available upon request.