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Conference Board names new Chief Economist
Mar '08
The Conference Board named as chief economist and vice president Bart van Ark, an expert in international comparative studies of economic performance, productivity, and innovation.

Van Ark, a Dutch national and the first non-U.S. chief economist in The Conference Board's 92-year history, succeeds Gail D. Fosler, who in October was named president of the global, independent business membership and research organization.

Effective April 1, 2008, he assumes leadership of the team of 20-plus economists who produce The Conference Board's global economic research as well as its widely watched economic indicators and growth forecasts, and becomes primary public spokesperson for these areas.

“This appointment is a testament to the global reach and rich perspective of The Conference Board today,” Fosler said. “Our views on the economic outlook are informed by our work on the deeper forces driving economies around the world and our ongoing dialogue with member companies and the wider public."

"Bart has played a critical role in developing these capacities globally, and we are delighted that he has agreed to step into a wider role to take our work forward.”

Van Ark, a professor of comparative studies of economic growth and productivity, has been The Conference Board's consulting director of international economic research since 1997 and produces its annual flagship publication on productivity.

“Decision-makers today increasinglylook for, and understand the crucial importance of, the story behind the numbers,” said Van Ark. “The Conference Board constantly pushes the envelope in economic research and analysis, and I am proud to take on leadership of this excellent department.”

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