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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:11 pm    Post subject: SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

9/11 Victim Family Member Virginia Bauer and JP Morgan Chase
CAO Frank Bisignano Join Board of Directors

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum today announced that two individuals, Virginia Bauer and Frank Bisignano, were elected to the Board of Directors during a quarterly Board meeting. Virginia Bauer, who lost her husband on September 11, 2001, is a Senior Vice President of Development for Covenant House and a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Frank Bisignano is Chief Administrative Officer for JP Morgan Chase and following 9/11, led operations recovery and restoration for thousands of employees at Citigroup where he was formerly employed. The Board now has 48 members, including public officials, victims’ family members, a 9/11 survivor, as well as corporate, cultural and community leaders.

“I am pleased to welcome these distinguished individuals to the Board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum,” Memorial & Museum Chairman Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said. “Both Virginia and Frank are committed to the rebuilding effort and have considerable experience with non-profit board leadership. I look forward to working with them on the development of this historic institution.”

“We are honored to have Virginia and Frank join the Board of the 9/11 Memorial,” Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “Having lost her husband on September 11, 2001, Virginia will bring her personal ties to 9/11 and years of advocacy on behalf of 9/11 family members to the Board. We are grateful to have her insight and her extensive professional experience in fundraising and economic development on this project.

“Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, Frank helped relocate thousands of Citigroup employees and restore bank operations,” Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said. “Now, as the Chief Administrative Officer for JP Morgan Chase, Frank continues to work towards the redevelopment of lower Manhattan. His experience in financial management will be a tremendous asset,” Daniels said.

Virginia S. Bauer

Virginia S. Bauer is the Senior Vice President of Development for Covenant House International, the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless and runaway youth. In this role, Ms. Bauer leads all development from major gifts, corporations, and grants.

On September 11, 2001, Ms. Bauer lost her husband, David Bauer, the head of global sales for Cantor Fitzgerald, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. She became a key activist on behalf of the families of the 9/11 victims, working closely with Congressional leaders and the White House toward the successful enactment of 9/11 victim legislation in 2002. She initiated efforts to enact federal tax relief legislation for surviving family members and assisted in the creation of the redevelopment plan for the World Trade Center site.

Virginia Bauer said, “I am proud to be a part of the effort to build the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. We have an obligation to honor the memory of the thousands of innocent people lost on 9/11 and to teach future generations about the impact of the attacks on families and communities here and around the world.”

In 2007, Ms. Bauer was appointed by New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Board of Commissioners establishes the policies of the Port Authority for the bi-state agency, overseeing the management and infrastructure of the bridges, tunnels, airports, and ports of New York and New Jersey as well as the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

In addition, from July 2006 through December 2008, as Vice Chairperson of the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority, she was the lead representative in the development of a specific plan to achieve revitalization of this 1,600-acre military facility.

From 2004 until 2007, Ms. Bauer served as Commerce Secretary for the State of New Jersey. In this capacity, she was the state’s lead advocate for business—from strengthening New Jersey’s business attraction and retention programs to managing the Urban Enterprise Zone Program and maintaining the Garden State’s standing in the global marketplace to promoting the state as a premier vacation destination. She worked with fellow Cabinet officers to resolve businesses regulatory disputes, identify appropriate job creation incentives, and obtain financing for businesses in the State.

In August 2003, Ms. Bauer was appointed by former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey as Director of the New Jersey Lottery. Under her leadership, the agency achieved a $2.2 billion sales year in Fiscal 2004, the Lottery’s best sales year ever. It was also during her tenure that the world’s first Internet lottery game, Cyber Slingo, was created and implemented. In addition, the first lottery retailer at Newark International Airport was established and a revamped Jersey Cash 5 produced an 85 percent growth in sales.

Ms. Bauer is a former financial planning and account management executive with Merrill Lynch. She was twice rated top sales producer in the county contributing to the Company’s profitable growth.

Ms. Bauer serves on the Board of the New York Chapter of the Boys Club of America, the Foundation Board of Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, New Jersey, the Board of the Business School of Rutgers University and the Board of the YMCA. She also is a member of the Economic Club of New York.

Ms. Bauer graduated from Rosemont College, Pennsylvania and is listed in “Who’s Who Among Executives for 2002.” She has received numerous awards including NJBiz’s 2004 Women of Influence Award. She has three children and resides in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Frank Bisignano

Frank Bisignano is the Chief Administrative Officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and Executive Committee. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Mr. Bisignano was the Chief Executive Officer for Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services business.

Citigroup had 3,800 employees in World Trade Center 7 on September 11, 2001, and thousands more in the vicinity. Adding to the difficulty, the bank lost 1.3 million square feet of real estate that day. As co-head of operations and technology at the time, Mr. Bisignano was called to action to lead all recovery efforts for the bank, so employees had a place to work and the bank could continue to serve its clients and keep markets functioning. Minutes after the disaster and throughout the days following it, he began working around the clock to restore the bank’s operations.

Frank Bisignano said, “I am honored to join the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Since that day, I have focused my energy on the critical task of getting lower Manhattan back up and running. Building the Memorial and Museum is an important part of the revitalization of the area. It will pay tribute to the victims and will demonstrate our country’s strength and resolve.”

Mr. Bisignano's responsibilities at JPMorgan Chase include overseeing Technology, Operations, Real Estate, Procurement, Human Resources, and General Services across all of JPMorgan’s businesses in over 50 countries.

Mr. Bisignano's business at Citigroup generated revenue of $6 billion and after tax profit of $1.4 billion. He was also a member of Citigroup’s Management Committee and Operating Committee. Before being named CEO of GTS in 2002, Mr. Bisignano was the Chief Administrative Officer of Citigroup’s Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group (GCIB), while also serving as Deputy Head of Operations and Technology for all of Citigroup from 2000 to 2003.

Prior to joining Smith Barney in 1994, Mr. Bisignano was Executive Vice President and Chief Consumer Lending Officer at First Fidelity Bancorporation. He was a Senior Vice President at Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1986 to 1990.

Mr. Bisignano serves on the boards of the non-profit organizations NPower New York, PENCIL, Alliance for Downtown New York and as a Trustee for The Battery Conservancy. He was previously Vice Chairman of the Options Clearing Corporation and a board member for the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the not-for-profit corporation created to oversee the design, raise the funds, and program and operate the Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. The Memorial & Museum will be located on eight of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the nearly three thousand people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001. The design, created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, consists of two pools that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition that included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

The Museum will display monumental artifacts associated with the events of September 11, while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery that are central to telling the story of September 11 and its aftermath. It will communicate key messages that embrace both the specificity and the universal implications of the events of 9/11; document the impact of those events on individual lives, as well as on local, national, and international communities; and explore the continuing significance of these events for our global community.

Donations can be made through and more information can be found at the Memorial & Museum’s website, http://www.national911memorial.org/, or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Lynn Rasic/Michelle Breslauer, 212-312-8800

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