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Javits President and CEO Resigns


New York, NY — After serving as president and CEO of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York since January 1997, Gerald McQueen has announced his resignation. Heidrick & Struggles International has been hired to conduct a search for his replacement. McQueen has agreed to continue in his position until a successor has been selected and set in place.

Prior to joining Javits, McQueen, a veteran police executive and specialist in organized crime, was hired as inspector general in 1995 to fight against corrupt union practices at the center.

Under his stewardship at Javits, an expansion was completed, and a renovation of the building is currently underway. Major renovations to the main building include replacement of the roof, curtain wall, skylights, enlargement and reconfiguration of the main entrances and replacement and upgrades of the buildings systems. Renovations should be completed by the end of 2013.

“Jerry has had a great run at the Javits Convention Center,” said Carl H. Loewenson Jr., Javits Board Chairman. “He played a critical role in getting organized crime out of the Center, and under Jerry’s leadership, the center has, for many years, been one of the few convention centers in the country that covers its expenses.”

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