LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
announced today the election of Terry Semel to co-chairman of its board of trustees. Semel, a LACMA board member since 2006, will serve alongside Andrew Gordon, who assumed the position of board chair in 2007. Additionally, three new trustees have joined the board: Gabriel Brener, Chairman and CEO of Brener International Group (BIG), a diversified family-owned investment company; Brian Grazer, Academy Award-winning film and television producer and co-founder of Imagine Entertainment; and Dasha Zhukova, founder of the Moscow non-profit art space, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, and co-designer of the clothing line, Kova & T.
The appointment of Terry Semel underscores the growing dedication and commitment of our existing board, while the election of Gabriel Brener, Brian Grazer, and Dasha Zhukova serves as a refreshing reminder that even during these difficult times, new cultural supporters are emerging in Los Angeles, said Michael Govan, LACMAs CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director.
LACMA board co-chair Andrew Gordon added, We are pleased to welcome Gabriel Brener, Brian Grazer, and Dasha Zhukova to LACMA and look forward to their involvement in our growing and vibrant board. I especially look forward to sharing the position of chair with Terry Semel, whose experience in the corporate and art world will be invaluable to our continued momentum in transforming LACMA.
Terry Semel is Chairman and CEO of Windsor Media and previously held the same position at Yahoo! Inc. Prior to Yahoo!, Semel was Chairman and Co-CEO of Warner Bros. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Paley Center for Media and is a member of the Chancellors Committee at UCLA. Mr. Semel and his wife, Jane, have endowed the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA, one of the largest and most distinguished institutes in the country engaged in the study of the brain and its disorders. This is an extraordinary time at LACMA. The plans to unify the twenty-acre campus, to continue building its collections, and to serve a broad audience are honest goals that will make LACMA one of the most important American museums of the twenty-first century. I am happy to be a part of the museums ambitions, said Mr. Semel. Though primarily collectors of modern art, in 2008, the Semels made a gift toward the acquisition of an Oceanic collection for LACMA, taking advantage of a rare opportunity and responding to the Directors request to build collections.