NEW YORK — Marc O. Mayer was elected president of the Board of Directors of American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) during a meeting of the AFHU National Board in New York City on May 21. Daniel I. Schlessinger, who served as president of AFHU for two terms, was appointed board chairman. AFHU is a national nonprofit organization that works in support of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s leading institution of higher education and research, and among the top-100 universities worldwide.
Mayer heads North American Distribution at Schroders plc, a company that manages $520 billion in global assets. An active lay leader who champions varied causes related to education and the arts, he has been involved with AFHU for more than two decades. He has served on the National Board and Northeast Region Board, previously chaired the Audit Committee, and until May served as campaign chair. He is a member of the Executive, Audit and Investment committees. Dedicated to the Hebrew University’s academic and research community of 1,000 faculty and 23,000 students, Mayer is a governor of the Hebrew University’s International Board of Governors and serves on the university’s Executive Committee.
Marc and his wife Meera Mayer are benefactors of the university and received the Maimonides Award in 2007 in recognition of their humanitarianism and leadership. In 2016, Marc Mayer and Patricia L. Glaser, vice chairman of AFHU’s Western Region, co-chaired an AFHU National Mission to Israel. He recently served on the Advisory Committee for “Nexus: Israel, Hybrid Solutions to Global Challenges,” an innovation conference showcasing technologies developed at Hebrew University in fields such as cybersecurity, food safety and neuroscience.
Prior to joining Schroders plc, Mayer was a partner and CEO of GMO LLC, a privately owned global investment management firm. He joined GMO in 2009 after 20 years at AllianceBernstein LP and its predecessor firm, the privately owned Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. Mayer was a partner and member of the Bernstein Board of Directors. Before joining Sanford Bernstein, he worked at the Squibb Corporation for six years in strategic planning, business development, marketing and marketing research. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Stated Schlessinger, “We are privileged to have Marc’s exemplary leadership in support of Hebrew University and Israel. In addition to being a consummate professional and expert in his field, Marc has a profound commitment to advancing higher education. We are honored to have his service.”
Engaged in numerous civic, educational and cultural activities, Mayer serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he chairs the Finance and Budget Committee. He is on the Board and Executive Committee of Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, where he serves as treasurer. He is a trustee emeritus of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, whose board he previously chaired.
Meera Mayer, an executive director at Morgan Stanley, is similarly dedicated to lay leadership, serving on the Advisory Board of the Chazen Institute for Global Business at Columbia Business School. She plays an active role in Women in Science at Rockefeller University. The Mayers have three children and a tortoise, and reside in New York City.