William Harrison to Receive 2013 Whitehead Award From Museum of American Finance for Public Service and Financial Leadership

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NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- William B. Harrison, Jr. has been selected to receive the Museum of American Finance's 2013 John C. Whitehead Award for Distinguished Public Service and Financial Leadership. The award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated a high order of achievement and leadership in the field of finance, and also served with notable distinction in the public sector. It is named after John C. Whitehead, former Deputy Secretary of State and Co-Chair of Goldman Sachs who has headed numerous public service organizations.

"Bill truly embodies the spirit of the Whitehead Award," said David Cowen, president and CEO of the Museum of American Finance. "In addition to his important contributions as a financial leader, he has dedicated much of his time to meaningful charitable work."

Mr. Harrison is the former Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, where he retired as Chairman at year-end 2006. Previously he had held the position of CEO of Chase Manhattan Corporation from June 1, 1999 and presided over the mergers with J.P. Morgan in 2000 and Bank One in 2004. Mr. Harrison is a director of Merck & Co., Inc., and Chairman of Cadence Bancorp, LLC. He is a member of the J.P. Morgan International Council. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Aurora Capital Group, the Advisory Board of Chilton Investment Company, the US Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart, and is a member of The Business Council.

Mr. Harrison serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a member of the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the Board of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and a member of the Advisory Board of the Museum of American Finance. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Foundation Investment Fund.

The Museum of American Finance will present this award to Mr. Harrison at its annual gala on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. For information on this event, please contact Director of Development Jeanne Baker Driscoll at 212-908-4694 or jdriscoll@moaf.org.

About the Museum of American Finance

The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only public museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. With its extensive collection of financial documents and objects, its seminars and educational programming, its publication and oral history program, the Museum portrays the breadth and richness of American financial history, achievement and practices. The Museum is located at 48 Wall Street, on the corner of William Street, and is open Tues–Sat, 10 am – 4 pm. For more information, visit www.moaf.org or connect with the Museum on Facebook or Twitter.

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