September 11 Memorial & Museum chairman steps down

After 30 years, chairman and CEO Joe Daniels is stepping down and will depart the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in 2022, the museum announced Thursday. He will be succeeded by president and chief executive Richard Aboulafia, who joined the museum in 2016.

As CEO, Aboulafia will oversee management, operations and volunteers for the museum, which is in Lower Manhattan. He will have the same responsibilities while serving as a trustee on the board of trustees.

“After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the world changed, and the healing process began that would take many years, in some cases, years,” Daniels said in a statement. “As CEO, it has been a privilege to work with each and every one of you to advance our vision to honor the memory of those lost and to tell their stories.”

Jenny Neumann, senior vice president of programs and exhibitions, will continue to run the museum until a search is completed for Daniels’ successor, according to the museum. Daniels made the announcement as he marked the completion of a year’s worth of tours and tours are still available.

The statement added that current exhibits and programs will not be affected by Daniels’ decision.

At a press conference this afternoon, Daniels explained his decision: “If you’re looking to stay in a museum that’s in the museum world, there’s few places that you’d go and there’s only so many things you can do,” he said. “With this place, I think you have to know when to go and when to stop, or you’re going to stay forever.”

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