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May 9, 2006

LOS ANGELES—John Biggs, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust announced today that the board has formed a committee to conduct a search for a new president and chief executive officer (CEO), replacing Dr. Barry Munitz, who resigned in February 2006.  The search committee will be led by Louise H. Bryson, president of distribution, Lifetime Networks and general manager, Lifetime Movie Network.  Ms. Bryson has been a Getty Trustee since 1998, and has been vice chairwoman of the board since 2004.

"Louise’s long tenure on the Getty’s board has given her a solid understanding of the Getty, its four programs, and the Trust’s operations.  She has served as chairwoman of the board of directors of KCET (the local Public Broadcasting System station in Los Angeles), in addition to service on many local nonprofit boards, and was a member of the PBS National Board. This, combined with her service on the Getty’s board, gives her a deep understanding of the kind of leadership that dynamic, complex organizations need, said Mr. Biggs.

"Equally relevant to this search is the fact that Louise has strong ties to the Los Angeles community.  We’re confident she and her committee will find the right candidate to provide leadership at this critical time for the Getty."

Joining Ms. Bryson on the search committee will be fellow Getty board members:

• Agnes Gund, president emerita of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and Getty trustee since 1994;

• Joanne C. Kozberg, partner with California Strategies and regent of the University of California; former chairwoman of the California Arts Council from 1988 to 1991, and its executive director from 1991 until 1993; and president and chief operating officer of the Music Center of Los Angeles County from 1999 to 2002; elected a Getty Trustee in 2005;

• Luis G. Nogales, managing partner of Nogales Investors; former president of Univision and chairman of the board and CEO of United Press International; member of the Ford Foundation board from 1991 to 2003 and a Stanford University Trustee from 1988 to 1998; elected a Getty trustee in 2000;

• William E. B. Siart, chairman of the board of Excellent Education Development and former chairman of the board and CEO of First Interstate Bancorp; chairman of the board of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Inc.; member of the board and chairman of the audit committee of the California Community Foundation; elected a Trustee in 2005;

• Mark Siegel, founder and president of ReMY Investors & Consultants, and chairman of the board of Patterson-UTI Energy, Inc.; a trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and member of the board, executive committee and chairman of the finance committee of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; elected a Getty trustee in 2005; and

• Jay S. Wintrob, president and CEO of AIG Retirement Services; board member of several non-profit organizations, including LA’s BEST (Better Educated Students for Tomorrow) and the Skirball Cultural Center; elected a Trustee in 2004.

"The search committee and I are fully aware of the serious responsibility we face as we seek to find a new president and CEO for the J. Paul Getty Trust.  Our assignment is clear.  First we plan to define what we expect of our new CEO, and then work to find someone who has the talent and skills to ensure that the Getty continues to be one of the world’s leading arts institutions, said Ms. Bryson.

"The ideal candidate will also continue to provide collaborative leadership to the incredible team of arts professionals and staff who have made the Getty the excellent institution it is."

The committee has been meeting to organize and work on the criteria for the selection process and has confirmed that Korn Ferry International has been selected to conduct the search.

"We plan to listen carefully to the views of the Getty’s senior staff, as well as experts from the academic, museum and cultural communities," said Ms. Bryson. "This input will be very valuable to us as we develop criteria for the position and narrow a slate of candidates for the board’s consideration."

The committee has not set a deadline to complete the search process.

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Ron Hartwig
Getty Communications Department

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