Economic Club of New York President Jan Hopkins, whose tenure featured talks by President George W. Bush and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, will step down at the end of this year.
Hopkins, president since 2007, will devote more time to her work as a consultant and board member, according to a statement from the club. Russell Reynolds Associates will conduct the search for a new president under the direction of board member Abby Joseph Cohen, the president of Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s Global Markets Institute.
The Economic Club, founded in 1907, is a non-partisan group that hosts heads of state, chief executive officers and economists for speeches to its members. Its current chairman is Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley and trustees include hedge-fund manager John Paulson and billionaire David Koch.
“Jan has been an extremely thoughtful and effective leader, deepening and broadening the club’s tradition of attracting the most thought-provoking and relevant leaders and thinkers of our time to speak to our members on a broad range of critical and timely topics and expanding the club’s membership and profile,” Dudley said in the statement.
A former broadcast journalist who won Emmy and Peabody awards, Hopkins was a managing director in Citigroup Inc.’s private bank before leading the Economic Club. During her tenure, membership increased by two-thirds, to about 1,250 executives, academics and government officials. She also boosted the number of annual events to 20 from four.
Since its creation, the club has hosted world leaders such as Winston Churchill and Indira Gandhi, as well as U.S. politicians from Woodrow Wilson to Hillary Clinton.