Lazard has announced that it has elected Richard Parsons to the firm’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Parsons is a member of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for the U.S. Office of the President and is Senior Advisor to Providence Equity Partners. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Estée Lauder Companies, where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Nominating and Board Affairs Committee. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of The Madison Square Garden Company, where he serves on the Audit Committee.
Parsons was Chairman of the Board of Citigroup from February 2009 through April 2012, and was a Director of Citigroup since 1996. Prior to that, he was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Time Warner. He was formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Savings Bank of New York. He has worked as a practicing attorney in both private and public practice, including service in the White House from 1975 to 1977.
Among his numerous community activities, he is Chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation, Chairman of the Jazz Foundation of America, Chairman of the New York Education Reform Commission, and a Board member of the New York City Partnership. He also is a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History.