Asia Society Appoints Four New Members to the Board of Trustees

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NEW YORK, June 13, 2011 -- Four new members have been elected to the Board of Trustees of Asia Society, the leading international organization creating understanding and connections among the peoples of Asia and the United States.

They are:

Jerry I. Speyer, the Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Tishman Speyer, who also serves as Chairman of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Vice Chair of New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is the former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

John J. Mack, who is the Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital and the University Hospital of both Columbia and Cornell. In addition, Mr. Mack serves on the advisory boards of several international organizations in Asia.

Claudine B. Malone, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of Financial & Management Consulting, Inc. based in McLean, Va. She is a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Board of Directors. She was also a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Georgetown University’s School of Business Administration and Colgate-Darden Business School and the University of Virginia.

Omar Ishrak, who is the outgoing President and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. He is to take on the position of Chairman and CEO at Medtronic, on June 13. Mr. Ishrak is a member of the board at The Blood Center of Wisconsin and also on the Health Leadership Council of the Save the Children Foundation.

The new appointed members bring to 45 the number of Trustees at Asia Society. Each trustee serves a four-year term.

The additions coincide with a new era for the institution with its first-ever Co-Chairs—one based in the United States and one in Asia—assuming leadership of the board effective June 10. They are business leader Henrietta Holsman Fore, a former U.S. government official who was the first female chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Ronnie C. Chan, one of Hong Kong’s and China’s top property developers, investors and philanthropists.

“With their extensive experience and broad knowledge, our Co-Chairs in Asia and the United States will guide our work to create truly global partnerships based on mutual respect and understanding across cultures, disciplines, borders and continents,” said Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai.

Ms. Fore is the first woman, and Mr. Chan the first Asian, to lead the Board since the institution was founded by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1956.


Asia Society the leading international organization creating understanding and connections among the peoples of Asia and the United States. It seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education. Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.