Joseph Neubauer Takes Barnes Top Post


The business titan and Israeli-born philanthropist has been appointed chairman of the internationally renowned art museum.

Joseph Neubauer has been chosen to take over as chairman of the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia-based, internationally renowned art museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The 72-year-old Israeli-born Philadelphian has served the institution as a board member since 2005 and also supported it through his philanthropic Neubauer Family Foundation.

He succeeds Bernard C. Watson in the chair’s role.

Neubauer has been a business titan for decades. From 1971 to '79, he held a number of executive positions with PepsiCo. Inc., and was a former executive with Chase Manhattan Bank. He was the CEO of the locally based, global Aramark Corp. — a food and hospitality purveyor — until 2012 and now serves as the company's chairman.

His communal work is diverse and longstanding, including associations with the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has been a major funder of Jewish camping and he was named to The Forward 50 last year, a list of major movers and shakers in the Jewish world compiled by the Daily Forward.

A year earlier he was chosen as the recipient of the Philadelphia Award for his commitment to enhancing the city’s profile.


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