Eleanor R. Goldhar Appointed Deputy Director for External Affairs

Guggenheim Foundation Appoints Eleanor R. Goldhar as Deputy Director for External Affairs


(NEW YORK, NY –June 22, 2007) Thomas Krens, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Lisa Dennison, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, today announced the appointment of Eleanor R. Goldhar as Deputy Director, External Affairs. At the Guggenheim Ms. Goldhar will provide strategic direction for all aspects of External Affairs, serve as a spokesperson for the Foundation and its director, and in New York oversee the Public Relations and Marketing Departments. Ms. Goldhar will take a leading role in communicating the complexity and rich diversity of the institution to its patrons and supporters worldwide. She begins June 29, 2007.

“We’re delighted to welcome Eleanor Goldhar to the Guggenheim,” stated Thomas Krens. “With her strong nonprofit background in museums, cultural, and performing arts agencies and her international experience, she is certain to be an invaluable asset. As the Guggenheim’s influence expands globally, our need for strong, clear communications is critical to serving our growing audience and to support our mission.”

Ms. Goldhar’s career combines executive experience in public and private sector communications, marketing, public relations, and strategic planning. Ms. Goldhar joins the Guggenheim after eight years as the Executive Officer of External Affairs at the 92nd Street Y where her responsibilities included strategic planning, branding and marketing communications, customer service, sponsorship, creative and web services, and public and media relations. Prior to the 92nd Street Y, Eleanor worked at Livent Inc., a Tony Award-winning producer of Broadway and touring theatre productions, as the Vice President of Publicity & Corporate Relations. At Livent, she was responsible for worldwide planning and management of all publicity, corporate relations, promotions, and publications for all shows. Ms. Goldhar also worked as Director of Communications & Research at the Ontario Arts Council, and she was head of Programs & Public Relations at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto where she was responsible for marketing, publicity, and public programming.

“Joining the remarkably talented team at the Guggenheim is a great honor. I am excited about the many challenges and opportunities to contribute to the success of the Foundation, its international network of museums, and to New York’s renowned Guggenheim Museum,” said Ms. Goldhar.

Educated in Toronto at York University (BA) and at the University of Toronto (MA, Ph.D. [abd]), Ms. Goldhar is an accredited member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), from which she received the Golden Quill Award of Excellence. A frequent lecturer on marketing, communications, media and government relations, Ms. Goldhar lives in New York with her husband, John Vollmer, President of Vollmer Cultural Consultants, which advises museums, galleries, auction houses, and private collectors around the world.

June 22, 2007

Betsy Ennis
Director of Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: 212 423 3842
E-mail: bennis@guggenheim.org

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