People in the News (10/8/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

People in the News (10/8/17): Appointments, Promotions, Obituaries

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced the appointment of SURESH BHAT as chief financial officer. In that role, Bhat, who most recently served as chief financial officer of the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, will lead a team of professionals who manage finance and accounting functions for the foundation, which has $9 billion in assets and awarded more than $400 million in grants in 2016. Bhat, who previously headed business finance for the Institutional Client and BlackRock Solutions businesses at BlackRock, will succeed SUSAN KETCHAM, who announced her retirement earlier this year after serving as the foundation’s CFO for sixteen years.

Milwaukee-based Bader Philanthropies has announced the promotion of project manager FRANK CUMBERBATCH to the newly created position of vice president for engagement, in which role he will be responsible for shaping the foundation’s engagement strategy with various stakeholders while continuing to manage the construction of the foundation’s new global headquarters. Prior to joining the Bader Philanthropies team in 2016, Cumberbatch was focused on turning vacant foreclosed properties in the city into fully functioning homes for low-income families as program manager with Acts Housing. He also served as a senior assistant to Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett and worked for numerous startups.

The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. has announced that JOHN R. ALLEN, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, will become the eighth leader in the organization’s 101-year history, succeeding STROBE TALBOTT, who is stepping down as president after more than fifteen years. Allen currently serves as a Brookings distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program and chairs its Security and Strategy program. During his nearly 38-year military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force, including command assignments up to and including the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He graduated with military honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976, receiving a bachelor's degree in operations analysis and holds a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College.

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City has announced the appointment of JORRIT BRITSCHGI as executive director, succeeding PATRICK SEARS, who is retiring after having led the museum for the past five years. Britschgi previously served as director of exhibitions, collections, and research at the museum, in which role he drove strategies for exhibition development, audience engagement, and collections-based research. Before joining the Rubin in 2016, he served as head of exhibitions and publications at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich, Switzerland, where he was manager for the exhibitions program and curated numerous exhibitions.

The board of Madison Square Boys & Girls Club has announced the appointment of TIM McCHRISTIAN as the organization's new executive director. McChristian, who has nearly four decades of experience in international business and philanthropy, will succeed JOSEPH PATULEIA, who will continue to serve as executive director emeritus and will work on special projects until September 2018. As executive director, McChristian will spearhead the club’s efforts to open its new Pinkerton Clubhouse in Harlem, the organization's largest and most advanced facility to date. The facility is expected to open its doors to the Harlem community next summer.

In other news, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation in Cherokee, North Carolina, has announced that ASHLEY BOTTCHENBAUGH recently joined the foundation as a program fellow and, over the next six months, will use the opportunity to determine whether philanthropy is a good career fit. After her fellowship, Bottchenbaugh, who graduated from Western Carolina University in May with a bachelor’s degree in business management, plans to continue her education by earning a postgraduate degree.

"Hewlett Foundation Names Suresh Bhat Chief Financial Officer." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation News Release 10/06/2017. "Franklin Cumberbatch Promoted to Newly Created Role of Vice President for Engagement." Bader Philanthropies News Release 10/02/2017. "John R. Allen Named Next Brookings Institution President." Brookings Institution News Release 10/04/2017. "Jorrit Britschgi Appointed Rubin Museum Executive Director." Rubin Museum of Art Press Release 10/05/2017. "Tim McChristian Appointed Executive Director of Madison Square Boys and Girls Club." . Madison Square Boys and Girls Club News Release 10/06/2017. "Ashley Bottchenbaugh Joins Foundation as Program Fellow." Cherokee Preservation Foundation News Release 10/04/2017.