James F. Orr, III Elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation

Jun 14, 2000, 01:00 ET from Rockefeller Foundation

    NEW YORK, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- James F. Orr, III, president and chief
 executive officer of United Asset Management Corporation (NYSE:   UAM), has been
 elected to serve a five-year term as chairman of the board of trustees of the
 Rockefeller Foundation.  He will succeed Alice Stone Ilchman, president
 emerita of Sarah Lawrence College, who is completing her Foundation board
 service this December.
     "Jim Orr is a superb manager and an incisive strategist who will help to
 maintain the Rockefeller Foundation board's focus on improving poor people's
 lives and livelihoods through the application of knowledge, science,
 technology, research and analysis," said Gordon Conway, president of the
 Rockefeller Foundation.  "Jim brings a sharp-edged insight into some of
 globalization's critical challenges and will help guide the Foundation as we
 seek ways to redirect the currents of globalization to benefit the world's
     Orr, 57, was named president and CEO of Boston-based United Asset
 Management in May.  He has served on the Rockefeller Foundation board since
 1995, and chairs the board's budget and compensation committee.  He also
 serves on the Foundation's finance committee and previously chaired the
 nominating committee.
     From 1987 through 1999, Orr was chairman and chief executive officer of
 Portland, Maine-based UNUM Provident Corporation, one of the nation's leading
 providers of disability and other types of insurance.  He has a long and
 accomplished career in the insurance and financial services industries.  Orr
 began his career in banking and spent several years in the securities industry
 in New York and Boston.  He has been a principal in a Boston-based investment
 firm and an executive vice president with Connecticut Bank & Trust Company,
 with which he worked from 1975 to 1986.
     Mr. Orr is actively involved in a range of community, charitable and
 industry activities.  He is a trustee of Bates College, chair of the Maine
 Health Foundation, director of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in
 Education, and a member of the Harvard Center for Society and Health.  He is
 also a member of the Conference Board, a member and past chairman of the
 National Alliance of Business, trustee of the Committee for Economic
 Development, director of Nashua Corporation and Maine Bank Corp.
     As Rockefeller Foundation chairman, Orr will lead the 16-person board of
 trustees in overseeing the Foundation's global grantmaking activities and
 overall Foundation management when his term begins on December 13.
     About the Rockefeller Foundation
     The Rockefeller Foundation's approach to current global challenges focuses
 on poor people's daily existence -- their lives and livelihoods -- and how the
 process of globalization can be turned to their advantage.  The Foundation's
 program funding is focused and targeted among four "themes" that reflect the
 interconnected and intertwined themes of people's lives -- their health, food,
 work and creative expression.
     The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of creating new knowledge by
 employing the most up-to-date tools of science and technology, and
 disseminating that knowledge to ameliorate human suffering.  In the
 Foundation's past this method of using knowledge to focus on the root causes
 of problems, rather than their symptoms, has led to successes including the
 eradication of hookworm and the modernization of developing country
 agriculture known as the Green Revolution.
                               Board of Trustees
     Alice Stone Ilchman                       Antonia Hernandez
     Chair (term expires December 2000)        President and General Counsel
     The Rockefeller Foundation                Mexican American Legal Defense
     New York, NY                              and Educational Fund
                                               Los Angeles, CA
     Ela R. Bhatt
     Founder                                   Linda A. Hill
     Self Employed Women's Association         Professor
     Bhadra, Ahmedabad, India                  Harvard University
                                               Boston, MA
     Robert A. Bowman
     Chairman                                  David M, Lawrence, M.D.
     Outpost.com                               Chairman & Chief Executive
     Fairfield, CT                             Officer
                                               Kaiser Foundation Health Plan,
     Johnnetta B. Cole                         Inc. & Hospitals
     Presidential Distinguished Professor      Oakland, CA
     of Anthropology, Women's Studies
     and African American Studies
     Emory University                          Yo-Yo Ma
     Atlanta, GA                               Cellist
                                               Cambridge, MA
     Gordon Conway
     President                                 Jessica T. Mathews
     The Rockefeller Foundation                President
     New York, NY                              Carnegie Endowment for
                                               International Peace
     David de Ferranti                         Washington, DC
     Vice President
     Latin America and                         James F. Orr III
     the Caribbean                             (Rockefeller Chairman-elect)
     Regional Office                           President and Chief Executive
     The World Bank                            Officer
     Washington, DC                            United Asset Management
     William H. Foege                          Boston, MA
     Distinguished Professor
     Emory University                          Mamphela Ramphele
     Atlanta, GA                               Managing Director
                                               Human Development
     Stephen Jay Gould                         The World Bank
     Professor                                 Washington, DC
     Harvard University
     Cambridge, MA                             Alvaro Umafia
                                               Gerencia de Recursos Naturales
                                               Alajuela, Costa Rica

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