The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust in New York City has hired CATHY JESSUP as its new chief financial officer. Jessup comes to the trust from her former role as the CFO of WestconGroup, where she led the overall finance function of the global technology distributor. Before that, she served as CFO for Pitney Bowes’ $2 billion services divisions and was instrumental in the sale of the business to a private equity firm; directed the finance function of the North American division of Diageo PLC, a UK-based beverage company; served as CFO of the Topps Company; and held a range of leadership positions over several years with PepsiCo, Inc.
The Tucson Museum of Art has announced CHRISTOPHER GORDON as its new chief financial officer. Gordon comes to TMA from the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California, where he has served as vice president of finance since 2008 and also served as interim managing director for nine months during that museum’s search for a new president and CEO. Prior to joining MOLAA, Gordon was a vice president at the Robert Gumbiner Foundation in Long Beach, which founded MOLAA in 1996. He also held positions at the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia on the island of Yap, Micronesia, and was a union stage manager for theater companies in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will replace ALAN HERSHKOWITZ, who is retiring after serving the museum as CFO for four years.
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska has announced the appointment of HOWARD W. BUFFETT to its board of directors. Buffett, the grandson of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, lectures on international food security, foreign aid, and agricultural policy in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also is a lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University. Previously, he was the executive director of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, which distributes more than $100 million annually to initiatives that improve the lives of impoverished and marginalized populations across the world; led agriculture-based economic stabilization and redevelopment programs in Iraq and Afghanistan for the U.S. Department of Defense; and served as a policy advisor in the White House, where he co-authored President Barack Obama's cross-sector partnerships strategy and launched the White House Energy Innovation Conference Series.
The D.C.-based International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) has welcomed CRAIG FORMAN, president and chief executive officer of McClatchy Co., and ANNE KORNBLUT, director of strategic communications at Facebook, to its board of directors. A journalist and entrepreneur, Forman served as a media, technology, and telecommunications executive before joining McClatchy as CEO this year. Previously, he worked in executive roles at Earthlink, Yahoo!, Time Warner, Infoseek, and Dow Jones; served on the boards of various public and private companies, including a mobile-applications advertising network and a location-based advertising company; and worked as a bureau chief and foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. A seasoned journalist and editor, Kornblut oversees communications for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and also manages a team of speechwriters for senior executives. Before joining the social networking giant in 2015, she worked at The Washington Post as a reporter and editor, where she oversaw Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks. Kornblut’s two decades of journalism experience include stints at The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Daily News.
The Tourette Association of America (TAA) has announced the appointment of SUSAN COUREY, PhD, to its board of directors. Courey, chair of early childhood general and special education at Touro Graduate School, brings more than twenty years of experience in higher education to TAA. Prior to joining Touro in May 2016, Courey was an associate professor of special education and the mild/moderate program coordinator in the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University.
In other news, PND notes the passing of Chicago philanthropist NANCY WELCH KNOWLES at the age of 86. An opera lover, Knowles gave often and generously to Chicago-area institutions, including $10 million to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the largest individual bequest in its 63-year history; $10 million to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood; an eight-figure amount to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, where she received therapy and treatment after back surgery; and Elmhurst Hospital, where she bestowed the largest donation ever received by the hospital. She is survived by her stepchildren Margaret and Katherine; a niece, Nancy Hill; eight step-grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.