Juan Ignacio Named Chief Officer for Global Strategies

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Juan Ignacio Vidarte

Juan Ignacio Vidarte has joined the Guggenheim’s New York staff as Chief Officer for Global Strategies. Vidarte was previously Director General of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and will retain this position, dividing his time between Bilbao and New York.

As Chief Officer for Global Strategies, Vidarte will be a member of the Foundation’s senior management team reporting to the Guggenheim Foundation Director, Richard Armstrong. He will have responsibility for initiating and implementing new ventures outside existing Foundation activities. Initially, Vidarte will work with Thomas Krens, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, to insure the successful development of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

Vidarte’s involvement with the Guggenheim Foundation began in 1992, when he oversaw the construction of the museum in Bilbao. Prior to the Guggenheim, Vidarte was Director of the Institute for Territorial Studies of Bizkaia.

Born on February 20, 1956 in Bilbao, Vidarte graduated with a degree in economics and business studies from the University of Deusto in Bilbao, and took postgraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is married and has two daughters.

Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Chief Officer Global Strategies, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, 2008