SALEM, Mass.—The Peabody Essex Museum’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce it has elected C. Richard Carlson as Chairman and Robert N. Shapiro as President.

The election of Carlson and Shapiro follows the decision several months ago by current Chairman John O. Parker to step down after serving in this position for nine years. During Parker’s tenure the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) made advances unprecedented in the institution’s 206 year history. The museum dramatically transformed its facilities through construction of a stunning and widely praised new addition and through renovation and restoration of its existing facilities. The new PEM facilities now rank among the largest 15 museums presenting art or art and culture in North America, as measured by statistics gathered by the Association of Art Museum Directors. During Parker’s tenure as Chairman, the museum also posted record growth in operations and programs. Likewise, the museum realized tremendous growth in its collections, endowment, attendance, and visibility. A highly successful $194 million campaign that exceeded goal by $20 million fueled these and other changes at the museum.

"The Peabody Essex Museum is now recognized worldwide as a major museum and destination. Speaking on behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers, members, and supporters of PEM, we deeply appreciate the extraordinary leadership and commitment John Parker and his wife Olivia have provided during a period of remarkable growth,” said Carlson and Shapiro in a joint statement.

Parker will remain a member of the Board of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Chairman C. Richard Carlson has been a member of the Peabody Essex Museum’s Board of Trustees since 1992. He has served as Treasurer, as Chairman of the Investment Committee and the Finance Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Carlson also served with distinction as Chairman of the Board of the Perkins School for the Blind for many years, only recently retiring from this position. He has been a trustee for several other non-profit organizations and he is a Director of Fiduciary Trust Company in Boston. Carlson is Senior Vice President at UBS Financial Services.

President Robert N. Shapiro has served as a trustee at PEM since 1993. During his tenure he has served as Chairman of the Trustees and Overseers Committee, Chairman of the Museum Development Council, member of the Executive Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Shapiro also serves as a trustee at Noble and Greenough School and as an overseer of the Handel and Haydn Society. He has served as President of the Harvard Alumni Association and Harvard Law School Association, and as a trustee of Phillips Exeter Academy. Shapiro leads the Private Client Group at the law firm Ropes & Gray, LLP.


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