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Ms. Woodworth joins the Getty as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and
Chief Operating Officer from the Art Institute of Chicago

November 5, 2007

LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Trust today announced the appointment of Patricia A. Woodworth to the position of Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.  Ms. Woodworth will join the Getty on Dec. 17, 2007.

In her new position at the Getty, Ms. Woodworth will be responsible for the J. Paul Getty Trust’s budget and financial management and will oversee all operational activities including Human Resources, Information Technology Services, Security, Facilities, Food Services, and Risk Management. She will report to James N. Wood, President & CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

“I am pleased that Patricia will be joining the Getty as a member of the Trust’s senior management team,” said James Wood. “Patricia’s experience at the Art Institute of Chicago, where I first got to know her, along with her experience in government and at one of this country’s leading educational institutions, uniquely prepares her to help meet the current needs of the Getty.  Additionally, she brings to the position a solid track record of success and a proficiency in both finance and administration.”

Since 2002, Ms. Woodworth has been Executive Vice-President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Art Institute of Chicago, serving as one of the institution’s four officers and reporting to the president and director of the museum, the president of the school, and the Board of Trustees.  At the Art Institute of Chicago, she is responsible for a wide range of operational activities, including facilities management and security, and is overseeing the design and construction of the museum’s new Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano.  As the Art Institute’s Chief Financial Officer, she manages accounting, payroll, purchasing and investments for the institution.

Prior to joining the Art Institute, Ms. Woodworth was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Chicago from 1998 to 2002.  Over the course of her career, she has also overseen the state budgets for New York, Michigan and Florida, and has worked in the budget offices of several Federal organizations, including the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Ms. Woodworth received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland in 1977. 

Ms. Woodworth will assume her new role from Robert Abeles who, since November 2006, has served as the Getty’s Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO. 

“I cannot thank Bob enough for the incredible job he has done for the Getty over the past year,” added Wood.  “He provided stability and a highly experienced hand during a critical period of change. His dedication, professionalism, and collegiality have allowed me the time to focus my efforts on other pressing institutional matters, all the time knowing the areas Bob was overseeing were in good hands.”

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications

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