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Perot Museum Names Abu Dhabi Official As CEO

California native Linda Abraham-Silver, EdD, has led the Emirate's science and technology promotion initiatives since 2011.

It took nearly a year, but Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science has finally found a new permanent CEO.

According to a letter sent to museum donors by Hernan J.F. Saenz III, the Perot’s board chair, the museum’s new Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer is Linda Abraham-Silver, EdD, who will take over on July 1 after working for the Government of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

There, she has led science and technology promotion initiatives for the government’s Technology Development Committee as associate director since 2011. Earlier in her career, Saenz wrote to the donors, “Dr. Silver spent eight years as the president and CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio.” Prior to that she spent more than a decade with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Silver, a California native, will take the reins of the Perot from its interim CEO, Dan Kohl. Kohl assumed the museum’s leadership when its previous chief executive, Colleen Walker, resigned abruptly last year over differences with the board after less than two years on the job.

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