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Greece's Benaki Museum Selects Former IFA Head Olivier Descotes as New Director

olivier-descotesThe 40-year-old former head of the French Institute in Athens (IFA), Olivier Descotes, will replace Dr. Angelos Delivorias at the helm of Greece’s prestigious Benaki Museum starting on March, the museum announced on Friday.
“The selection of Olivier Descotes by the Administrative Committee of the Museum was unanimous. It derives, on one hand, from our awareness of the specific needs of the museum today for empowerment and openness, and on the other hand from his proven experience as head of major cultural organizations,” Committee president Emilia Geroulanou said in an announcement.
The selection process lasted for a year when Delivorias stepped down last year after 40 years in the position. The Benaki Museum organized an international competition through global executive search firm Egon Zehnder to find his replacement, which it said attracted 86 Greek and foreigner candidates.
“Our goal was to select the new Director with the utmost objectivity and with widely accepted criteria in order to find the right person … in a difficult transition period, who will ensure the way forward and the museum’s development,” Geroulanou added.
She also expressed her optimism that Descotes will be successful “despite the adverse conditions facing our country for some time.”
(Source: ANA-MPA)

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