NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announced today the recent addition of four highly respected senior executives to its volunteer Board of Directors. They are: Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr., Global CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Ann Limberg, President -- Bank of America -- New Jersey; Jeffrey M. Peek, Chairman and CEO, CIT Group; and Cecil B. Pickett, Ph.D., President, Schering -- Plough Research Institute and Senior Vice President of Schering-Plough Corporation. "The passion and generosity of the volunteer leadership at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center has been the cornerstone of much of the Center's success," said Arthur F. Ryan, Chairman and CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc. and Co-Chairman, NJPAC Board of Directors. "We are delighted to welcome four new leaders to our Board. As the Arts Center moves forward with new ideas and critical expansion initiatives, their collective expertise will help steer NJPAC toward extraordinary new achievements." Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr. Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr. has held the position of Global Chief Executive Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers since January 2002. He most recently served as Chairman and Senior Partner of the PricewaterhouseCoopers US Firm and as a member of the Global Leadership Team. Very active in civic affairs, DiPiazza serves on the International Advisory Board of Junior Achievement, the Executive Council of the Inner City Scholarship Fund, the Board of Directors of the New York City Ballet and the Executive Committee of the National Corporate Theatre Fund. In 2001, DiPiazza was elected President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City. "The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has fast become not only a cultural asset for the people of New Jersey," said DiPiazza, "it is setting the standard for what a performing arts center in the twenty-first century needs to be -- accessible, diverse, entrepreneurial and visionary. PricewaterhouseCoopers has been proud to be part of the first chapter of the Arts Center's history. I am eager to play a personal role in its future." Ann Limberg As the senior Bank of America executive for New Jersey, Ann Limberg provides statewide leadership for business, civic and philanthropic activities. Prior to joining Fleet in 1996, Limberg held senior leadership positions in retail and private banking at NatWest and CitiBank. She has been involved in numerous charities and civic organizations and has been active with the American Heart Association, Cancer Care, the Long Island Cares Regional Food Bank and the Association of Commerce, Industry and Technology. "In our estimation, NJPAC reflects the dedication to higher standards that is Bank of America's hallmark," said Limberg. "NJPAC has excelled in making Newark a symbol of excellence in the performing arts, in education and indeed, in neighborhood revitalization." Jeffrey M. Peek Jeffrey M. Peek is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of CIT Group. Mr. Peek is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University where he received a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs. Mr. Peek holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Paul Travelers Company, Inc. He also serves as a Trustee for the Teachers College of Columbia University, Treasurer for the New York City Ballet, and is a member of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "We have been proud to support NJPAC and its outstanding programs and nationally-recognized arts education programs as part of CIT's commitment to serving our local communities and supporting the arts," Mr. Peek said. "NJPAC plays an increasingly vital role in our community and I am looking forward to my personal involvement in such a fine cultural institution." Cecil B. Pickett, Ph.D. Dr. Cecil Pickett is President of Schering-Plough Research Institute and Senior Vice President of Schering-Plough Corporation. Joining Schering-Plough in 1993, he has been responsible for, among other areas, the planning, management and oversight of Schering-Plough's new drug discovery programs across all therapeutic areas, and for coordinating those programs with other research and commercial components in the Company. Dr. Pickett has served as a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Science Board, the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health and The National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine. He has been published extensively in leading research journals and has been a frequent speaker at scientific symposia and conferences. "Since we recruit people from different cultural backgrounds, it is important that there is a venue in New Jersey that offers outstanding and diverse entertainment," said Dr. Pickett. "NJPAC is that venue and can make a difference in attracting potential employees to New Jersey." The four executives join a volunteer board comprised of 45 of the region's top corporate, philanthropic and community leaders, including representatives from American Express, AT&T, The Chubb Corporation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, IDT, Merck & Co., Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., PSE&G, Turner Construction Company, Verizon New Jersey, Wachovia Corporation, and a variety of the state's most prominent law firms, financial advisory and information services companies, and charitable foundations.
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