Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, who has been named CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum, is the first woman to hold that position. (Courtesy photo )
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Peabody Essex Museum appoints first woman CEO

SALEM — When Lynda Roscoe Hartigan becomes the first woman CEO at the Peabody Essex Museum this August, it will be a homecoming for her. 

Hartigan, who will start Aug. 23, is the former chief curator, having been appointed in 2003 and rising to deputy director in 2016, will become the next Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo executive director and CEO of the nation's oldest continually operating museum. 

Last summer, she left Salem for a position as deputy director for collections & research and chief innovation officer at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most visited museum.

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