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New President and Cochairs for Whitney Museum’s Board

The board of trustees at the Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that they have elected Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as cochairs and Richard M. DeMartini as president, effective July 1, 2015. DeMartini, the board’s former treasurer, succeeds Bluhm as president while as cochairs Bluhm and Tisch succeed Robert J. Hurst and Brooke Garber Neidich, who led the board for the past seven years through the Whitney’s transition from its Upper East Side location to its new residence in the Meatpacking District. Neidich will continue to serve as a trustee along with Hurst, who chaired the Whitney’s recent capital campaign.

In addition to serving on the Whitney’s board of trustees since 2003, Neil G. Bluhm
 is also a trustee at Northwestern University, a member of the board of directors of Northwestern Memorial Foundation of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the Investment Committee of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elected to the Whitney’s Board in 1996, Laurie M. Tisch is president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and was the founding chair of the Center for Arts Education and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. At the Center for Arts Education, she led a campaign to restore arts education in public schools by raising $40 million. Tisch is also a vice chair of the board of directors and a member of the executive committee and the development committee at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Richard M. DeMartini was elected to the Whitney’s Board of Trustees in 2007 and leads the financial services strategy sector of the private equity firm Crestview Partners. DeMartini also served as president of Bank of America’s asset management group from 2001 until 2004 and was prior to that a chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley’s international private client group.

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