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Welcoming new Empire State Development President & CEO Eric Gertler

Eric Gertler

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo announced his nomination of veteran business executive Eric Gertler as ESD President and CEO—while continuing Howard Zemsky’s role as chair of the ESD board. The changes are effective as of Sept. 3.

Gertler, the current Executive Chairman of U.S. News and World Report, has been an ESD board member since 2018 and accompanied the Governor earlier this summer on a solidarity trip and trade mission to Israel.

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The Governor called Gertler an “innovative leader” uniquely qualified to lead ESD based on his unique mix of experience “at the intersection of business, media and government.”

That experience includes oversight of Ulysses Ventures, a multi-strategy investment fund based in New York City and prior leadership experience at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Center for Economic Transformation—and as an author, newspaper publisher, foundation trustee and university board member.

Gertler, a graduate of Brown University, also holds degrees from the Sorbonne and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and has a J.D. from American University.

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