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PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM APPOINTS NEW CFO

Released January 20, 2010

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SALEM, MA –– The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Munsch to the post of Chief Financial Officer.

Munsch comes to PEM from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), where she served as Chief Financial Officer, and in other executive leadership capacities, for more than 12 years. Her tenure at IMA spanned an important period in the museum’s history, overseeing institutional accounting for the administrations of four museum directors. Munsch managed all aspects of IMA’s financial growth, presiding over an operating budget which more than doubled during her employ, as well as a $220 million capital campaign and facilities expansion.

“Anne Munsch has a well-deserved reputation as an extremely capable leader, and we anticipate that she will bring to PEM abundant financial acumen, wise counsel and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing major art museums,” said Joshua Basseches, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Munsch has also served as Controller for the United States Rowing Association, where she was responsible for all accounting and finance functions. Among her accomplishments, she completed the first ever audit by the United States Olympic Committee, receiving an exemplary report. She has earned degrees from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France, and Indiana University as well as certification in Strategies of Nonprofit Management from The University of Chicago.

"The Peabody Essex Museum is an amazing institution, and from my initial contact, I have been impressed by the caliber of its collections and programs and by the talent and professionalism of its staff.  I eagerly anticipate working with the museum's staff and dedicated trustees to shape the future of this outstanding museum,” said Munsch.

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands-on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org

PR Contacts:

April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

Whitney Van Dyke  -  Senior Press Officer  -  978-745-9500 X3228  -  whitney_vandyke@pem.org

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