PEM Announces Changes to Board of Trustees

Released December 10, 2010


Samuel T. Byrne and Sean M. Healey, co-Chairmen of PEM's Board of Trustees

SALEM, MA--The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) announces that C. Richard Carlson has stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees after a long and distinguished tenure. Samuel T. Byrne and Sean M. Healey, trustees since 2005, have been named as co-Chairmen of the Board Mr. Carlson will continue to be active on the Board as its Treasurer.

Mr. Carlson joined PEM's Board of Trustees in 1992 and became its Chairman in 2005. During his term, he contributed to PEM's increased national and international visibility, strengthening relationships with key institutions in China, India and Korea. As Chairman, he helped significantly raise the profile of the museum's exhibitions, expand the educational program, and enhance the institution's financial foundation.

"Richard Carlson has provided exceptional leadership and tireless commitment to the museum during his term as Chairman of the Board," said Dan Monroe, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of PEM. "Through his efforts, the museum has realized major advances in all areas of its programs and operations. He has been, along with Board President Robert Shapiro, an exemplary partner."

Robert N. Shapiro will remain as President of the Board of Trustees, providing valued continuity and leadership in the role he has occupied since 2005.  "PEM has its own special energy, reflecting the shared commitment of everyone in the museum family.  As Chairman, Dick Carlson has fostered a vibrant spirit of partnership and creativity; as new co-Chairmen, Sam Byrne and Sean Healey will further extend the museum's bold initiatives and global scope.  With all of our colleagues on the board, we treasure the opportunity to guide this great museum and spark excitement, discovery and delight in all who encounter it," said Mr. Shapiro.

Samuel Byrne and Sean Healey assume the role of co-Chairmen at a dynamic point in PEM's development. Both have been trustees for more than five years, each serving on the Executive Committee. "While many art museums in America are cutting back on exhibitions and programs, PEM is increasing its impact regionally, nationally and globally. As recognized business and civic leaders, Sam and Sean will work in concert with Rob Shapiro to advance the museum in the years to come," said Mr. Monroe.

"PEM is an institution that aims for no less than transforming people's lives by broadening their perspectives and connecting them to the wider world. It is an honor to work with the Board and Executive leadership to bring the museum's expansive vision to the public at-large," said Mr. Byrne.

"The Peabody Essex Museum is one of the nation's leading cultural institutions, providing visitors with access to a blend of art and culture. I'm honored to have been asked to serve as co-chairman of the Board of Trustees, and look forward to working closely with the dedicated executive team as we pursue the museum's mission of creating experiences that engage the mind and enrich the spirit," added Mr. Healey.

Samuel T. Byrne

Mr. Byrne is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of CrossHarborCapital Partners, LLC, a leading alternative investment management firm specializing in real estate and distressed securities. In addition to his post as Co-Chairman of PEM's Board of Trustees, Mr. Byrne serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of  The Brookwood School, and is an Incorporator of Partners Health Care. Mr. Byrne graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics.  

Sean M. Healey

Mr.  Healey is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG), a global asset management company with approximately $300 billion in assets, and is Chairman-elect of the company's Board of Directors. In addition to his new post as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of PEM, Mr. Healey also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School and the Board of Trustees of the International Game Fish Association. In 2006, Mr. Healey received an appointment to serve on the President's Export Council, the nation's principal advisory committee on international trade. Mr. Healey received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. from University College, Dublin and an A.B. from Harvard College.


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.

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