NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Rockefeller Foundation today announced the appointment of a new trustee, John W. Rowe, M.D., former chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., to its board.
“Jack Rowe is one of the most distinguished and widely respected corporate and civic leaders in our country. He has an impressive record of achievement in both the public and private sectors,” said James F. Orr, III, chairman of the board of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation. “We’re delighted to have him join us as a colleague.”
John W. Rowe, M.D. said, “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Rockefeller Foundation as it addresses today’s most pressing global challenges with dynamic, creative and results-oriented initiatives.”
“Jack is an exceptional individual and true visionary, whose experience, wisdom and perspective will be invaluable to the Foundation and its beneficiaries,” said Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to our board, and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
John W. Rowe, M.D., 62, is currently a professor in the department of health policy and management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. From 2000 until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Rowe served as chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc. Prior to joining Aetna, he served as president and CEO of what was then known as Mount Sinai NYU Health System, one of the nation’s largest academic health care organizations. Dr. Rowe was also president of Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City from 1988 to 1998. Earlier in his career, he was a professor of medicine and the founding director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School. He has authored over 200 scientific publications, mostly on the physiology of the aging process, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Rowe is also chairman of the board of trustees at the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller, Sr., to "promote the well-being" of humanity by addressing the root causes of serious problems. The Foundation works around the world to expand opportunities for poor or vulnerable people and to help ensure that globalization’s benefits are more widely shared. With assets of more than $3.5 billion, it is one of the few institutions to conduct such work both within the United States and internationally. For more information on the Rockefeller Foundation visit www.rockfound.org.