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Gerald L. Hassell and Kathryn S. Wylde Honored at Metropolitan Museum's 2013 Corporate Benefit

(New York, June 19, 2013)—The Metropolitan Museum of Art held its annual Corporate Benefit on June 17. This year’s honorees were Gerald L. Hassell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and Kathryn S. Wylde, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for New York City. The Benefit raised over $1.3 million.

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Museum, said, “At this year’s Benefit, we honored the achievements of two of New York’s most exemplary business and community leaders, Gerald Hassell and Kathy Wylde. Through them, we also acknowledge the vital support and expertise that the business community provides on an ongoing basis to institutions including the Met.”

Gerald L. Hassell 
Gerald L. Hassell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a global investments company dedicated to helping institutions, corporations, and individual investors manage and service their financial assets. 

Since joining The Bank of New York’s management development program more than three decades ago, Mr. Hassell has had direct management responsibility for the company’s broad range of investment services businesses, including asset servicing and issuer, broker-dealer, treasury, and clearing services, as well as operations and technology. He was named to The Bank of New York’s executive committee in 1994, and was named president and elected to its Board of Directors in 1998. In 2011, he was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon.

Mr. Hassell is also on the Board of Directors of Comcast Corporation. Until recently he chaired the Board of Visitors of The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and now serves on the Board of Trustees of Duke University. In addition, he is on the Board of Visitors of Columbia University Medical Center and the boards of the New York Philharmonic, the Economic Club of New York, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He is also a member of The Financial Services Roundtable and Financial Services Forum and is Vice Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. 

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle.  Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations, or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 36 countries and more than 100 markets. The company can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create trade, hold, manage, service, distribute, or restructure investments. As of March 31, 2013, BNY Mellon had $26.3 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.4 trillion in assets under management.  It has more than 49,700 employees worldwide and has consistently been ranked among America’s Most Admired Companies, as compiled by Fortune magazine. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). 

Kathryn S. Wylde
Kathryn S. Wylde is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit membership organization comprised of a select group of 200 CEOs from New York City’s top corporate, investment, and entrepreneurial firms. The Partnership works with business, government, labor, and not-for-profit sectors to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure, and the economy.

Prior to joining the Partnership in 1982, Ms. Wylde served for 14 years as founding president and chief executive officer of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation, where she was instrumental in the creation of pioneering initiatives in affordable housing at the local, state, and national levels. Under her leadership, more than $2 billion in private funds were invested in public-private partnerships that produced affordable housing and commercial developments in New York’s most economically distressed communities.

Ms. Wylde was also founding president and chief executive officer of the Partnership Fund, a $120 million civic fund, that has helped to diversify the city’s economy, create thousands of jobs, and promote entrepreneurial business initiatives across the five boroughs.

She serves on the boards of many nonprofit and public institutions, including the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Lutheran Medical Center, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Leadership Academy, Research Alliance for NYC Schools, Manhattan Institute, US Trust Advisory Committee and the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board.

The Partnership’s mission is to engage the business community in efforts to advance the economy of New York City and maintain the city’s position as the center of world commerce, finance, and innovation. 

The Metropolitan Museum’s Corporate Benefit
Since 1987, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Business Committee has hosted an annual Corporate Benefit, a gala evening during which tribute is paid to individuals who both personally and professionally exemplify the commitment and generosity so important to an institution such as the Metropolitan Museum. The event raises critical funds for the Museum’s general operating expenses. Honorees over the past few years have included: Steven A. Kandarian, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, MetLife, Inc. (2012); Samuel J. Palmisano, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, IBM (2011); James P. Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley (2010); and Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co., and Amb. Carl Spielvogel, Honorary Chairman, Business Committee, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009).

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June 19, 2013


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