Getty Trust Names Business and Philanthropic Leader Ronald W. Burkle to its Board of Trustees
February 1, 2001
Los Angeles--Ronald W. Burkle has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust, it was announced today by David P. Gardner, chairman of the Getty Board of Trustees, and Helene L. Kaplan, chairman of the Trustee Leadership Development Committee. Mr. Burkle is the founder and managing partner of The Yucaipa Companies, a private investment firm based in Southern California, widely recognized as a leader in acquisitions, mergers, and management of large retail and distribution companies. He also serves on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations involving the arts, education, youth, medicine, AIDS, and urban affairs.
Dr. Gardner commented, "We're extremely fortunate to have Ron as the newest member of our Board. His tireless dedication to organizations serving the needs of diverse communities and his quiet, effective leadership on so many fronts has made a lasting impact on the community of Los Angeles and the country at large. The Getty and its audiences will benefit tremendously from his passion and wide-ranging expertise."
Barry Munitz, president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust, said, "Ron joins a strong board committed to advancing the Getty's educational and philanthropic mission in innovative ways. Personally, I value Ron's candor and bold vision, and his gift for forging unexpected alliances in both the business and nonprofit worlds."
Mr. Burkle has been active in local, state, and national politics and has shared his Beverly Hills home, Green Acres, with many Los Angeles charitable organizations for special events. An art collector, he has acquired important Old Master, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist paintings and drawings. He also owns a number of architecturally significant homes and buildings in Southern California.
In May 1999, Yucaipa completed the merger of Fred Meyer, Inc., where Mr. Burkle served as Chairman, and The Kroger Company, forming the largest supermarket company in the United States. Mr. Burkle is also the majority shareholder of Golden State Foods, the largest manufacturer and distributor of food products to McDonald's. He is Chairman and the largest shareholder of Cyrk, Inc., the largest provider of toys and promotions to McDonald's.
In recent years Yucaipa has applied its expertise in retailing and distribution to new markets, by investing in, advising, and incubating dozens of new technology companies. Yucaipa is now the controlling shareholder of Alliance Entertainment Corporation, distributor of music, videos, DVDs, electronic games and, with its acquisition of Digital on Demand, a leading distributor of digital entertainment content into retail environments.
Mr. Burkle is a member of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of The Kroger Company and a member of the Boards of Kaufman & Broad Home Corporation and Occidental Petroleum Corporation. In partnership with Mario Lemieux, he is the majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.
Mr. Burkle serves as Chairman of the Board of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) America; Member of the Executive Board for the Medical Sciences at UCLA; Co-Chairman of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA; Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Member of the Board of the Carter Center; Member of the Board of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA); Member of RAND's Education Advisory Board; Member of the Board of Claremont Graduate University; Member of the Board and of the Executive Committee of the National Campaign Against Youth Violence; Member of the Board of the Children's Scholarship Fund; Founder of the Burkle Scholarship Award with the Los Angeles Urban League; Trustee of the National Urban League; Trustee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ralphs/Food4Less Foundation and The Fred Meyer, Inc. Foundation.
Mr. Burkle has received honors and awards including the AFL-CIO Humanitarian of the Year, The Los Angeles Urban League Whitney M. Young Award, The Los Angeles County Boy Scouts Jimmy Stewart Person of the Year, APLA Commitment to Life, and Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Man of the Year.
The Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust consists of leaders in the fields of art, education, and business who volunteer their time and expertise on behalf of the Getty Trust by serving on its Board. See attached list of current Getty Trustees.
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J. Paul Getty Trust Board of Trustees
David P. Gardner
Lewis W. Bernard
Helene L. Kaplan
President and Chief Executive Officer
John H. Biggs
Louise H. Bryson
Ronald W. Burkle
Ramon C. Cortines
Blenda J. Wilson
Ira E. Yellin
John F. Cooke
Kenneth N. Dayton
Robert F. Erburu
John T. Fey
David I. Fisher
Gordon P. Getty
Jon B. Lovelace
Herbert L. Lucas, Jr.
Stuart T. Peeler
Rocco C. Siciliano
Jennifer Jones Simon
J. Patrick Whaley
John C. Whitehead
Harold M. Williams
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