Peter Willmott concludes term following success of expansion program

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2015

Williamstown, Massachusetts—O. Andreas Halvorsen and Robert G. Scott were recently elected to lead the board of the Clark Art Institute. They succeed Peter S. Willmott, whose term ended on December 31, 2014. Halvorsen will serve as chair, while Scott will serve as vice chair.

Halvorsen is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Viking Global Investors LP, an investment management firm with offices in Greenwich, New York, Hong Kong, and London. Scott was former president and chief operating officer and a director of Morgan Stanley, and is currently the chairman of Genpact Limited, a business process outsourcing company.

“We look forward to partnering with our fellow Trustees and the management team in setting the Clark’s agenda and taking full advantage of the expanded campus,” Halvorsen and Scott said in a joint statement. “We thank Peter Willmott for his leadership throughout the campus expansion program and his many years of service to the Institute, all of which have laid the groundwork for our future growth and expanded impact.”

The Clark’s board also welcomed Denise Littlefield Sobel as its newest Trustee. Sobel is the president of the Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc., which focuses on women’s health, gender justice, and reproductive rights. She is also on the board of the New York City Ballet, the American Friends of Les Etés de la Danse, and the San Francisco-based Edmund and Jeannik Littlefield Foundation.

O. Andreas Halvorsen
Prior to founding Viking Global Investors LP, Halvorsen held various senior positions at Tiger Management Corporation, was an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley, and served as an officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Halvorsen holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is involved in a variety of philanthropic activities and is a trustee of Williams College. Previously, he served on the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, was a Trustee of Greenwich Academy, and a board member of Right To Play USA.

He and his wife, Diane, reside in Darien, Connecticut. He joined the Clark’s Board of Trustees in 2011.

Robert G. Scott
In addition to his current role as chairman of Genpact Limited, Scott was an independent member of the board of directors of NYSE-Euronext and became a director of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. upon its acquisition of NYSE-Euronext in November 2013. Scott was also a director of Archipelago Inc., an electronic stock exchange that merged with the NYSE in 2006.

Scott is a Trustee of Williams College and a former member of the Advisory Council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been involved in leadership roles with a number of philanthropic and civic boards, including the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Japan Society, the American Museum of Fly Fishing, and The Seeing Eye, Inc. Scott and his wife, Karen, live in Naples, Florida and are trustees of the Naples Children and Education Foundation. He joined the Clark’s Board of Trustees in 2012.

Denise Littlefield Sobel
Denise Littlefield Sobel is a philanthropist with a longstanding interest in the visual and performing arts. She supports dance groups and education programs in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Paris. In addition to her work with the Tikkun Olam Foundation, Inc., New York City Ballet, and the American Friends of Les Etés de la Danse, Sobel was recently honored by the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago for her ongoing support of dance programs and historic preservation.

Sobel holds a bachelor of arts in art design from Williams College, with a focus on architecture. She previously served on the board of the American Red Cross in Greater New York, and as secretary of the board of Crystal Springs Uplands School, both of which have given her special recognition. Sobel lives in New York, New York.


The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

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