Maimonides board of trustees elects new chair

December 7, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eugene Keilin. Photo courtesy of Maimonides Medical Center

The board of trustees at Maimonides Medical Center elected a new board chair at its November meeting. Eugene Keilin, who has been a trustee of the board for two years, was unanimously elected to fill the chair position being vacated in January by Kenneth Gibbs. 

“Gene Keilin has a proven track record of guiding organizations through transitions, making him an excellent choice for board chair,” said Gibbs, the current board chair, who will step into the role of president and CEO of Maimonides when Pamela Brier retires early next year.

“Maimonides is fortunate to have Gene Keilin becoming the new board chair,” said Brier, who has led Maimonides for the last two decades. “He knows Brooklyn, he’s been in public life for decades and he will bring a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to our board.”  

Eugene Keilin was a co-founder of KPS Capital Partners, LP, a family of private equity limited partnerships with $5.9 billion under management. He also was co-founder of Keilin & Co., LLC, a financial advisory firm specializing in restructuring and turnarounds.

“It is a privilege and a pleasure to take on this role at Maimonides Medical Center, an institution with a remarkable record of achievement,” said Keilin. “Health care is rapidly evolving, and Maimonides is changing along with the industry. I look forward to working with our strong clinical and administrative leadership to ensure that Maimonides continues to be the preeminent health care provider in Brooklyn, and among the best in the nation.” 

Keilin’s resume includes having been part of the financial team that saved New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s. He held leadership positions from that time through the 1990s, serving as executive director and later chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for the City of New York (MAC). MAC was the public benefit corporation created by Gov. Hugh L. Carey to borrow on the city’s behalf and to help supervise the city’s financial recovery. 

During the same period, Keilin spent over a decade in senior positions at Lazard Freres & Co., concentrating on turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, and advising cities and states facing financial difficulties. And last year, Keilin was called upon by both labor and management at the Metropolitan Opera to help resolve a stalemate in negotiations. Fortunately, the talks resulted in an agreement, and the opera season was saved.   

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Keilin is active in a broad range of civic and philanthropic activities. He served as chair of the Citizens Budget Commission, the group that has monitored the budget and financial affairs of the city and state of New York since 1932, and remains a member of its Executive Committee. He is a director of Concern Worldwide, U.S., an international famine relief and development organization with its world headquarters in Ireland. Keilin also serves on the board of advisers of the Curtis Institute of Music.

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