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Ron Hartwig to Join The J. Paul Getty Trust As Vice President of Communications

December 6, 2005

LOS ANGELES—Myron A. (Ron) Hartwig, 61, has been named vice president of communications for The J. Paul Getty Trust. His responsibilities will cover a wide array of communications programs for the Getty’s diverse constituencies, including media, and will encompass all aspects of the Trust, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute and the Getty Foundation.

Hartwig joins the Getty from Hill & Knowlton, Inc., where he spent 24 years in several senior executive positions, currently as executive vice president and chairman of the firm’s California operations.  Previously, he was general manager of the Los Angeles office, which grew to be one of the largest international firms in Southern California under his direction.  In the 1980s, Hartwig launched the company's Japanese Business Division, and later, served as president and chief operating officer of Hill and Knowlton’s U.S. operations.

"Building awareness for and connecting people around the world to the expansive offerings of the Getty is an important part of our mission," said Barry Munitz, president and chief executive officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust. "Ron brings both a global and local approach to communications, and will add a wonderful strength to our team."

"Ron is an outstanding communications executive and a proven civic leader," said Louise H. Bryson, chair of the Board of Trustees external affairs committee. "He fills a critically important position at this institution."

"I look forward to joining Barry Munitz and the Board of Trustees as together we work to demonstrate the Getty’s leadership in the arts community in Southern California and around the world," Hartwig said. "The significant work being done by the Getty's four Programs offers an incredible opportunity to communicate the ways in which the arts can make a positive impact on society," he added.

Before joining Hill and Knowlton, Hartwig spent 12 years with General Motors Corporation, the last two of which were spent in Los Angeles where he was western corporate public relations manager from 1978 to 1980.  Hartwig also served in the Carter Administration as director of public affairs and counselor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Hartwig has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Annenberg School of Journalism at the University of Southern California where he taught Public Relations Management. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1967. He served as president of the Los Angeles Central Area Planning Commission, until 2005 was a member of the executive committee and board of Town Hall Los Angeles, was chairman and remains a board member of the Japan America Society of Southern California is a member of the California Club.  He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Social Work.

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John Giurini
Getty Communications Department

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