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Ayn Rand Institute Selects Jim Brown as New CEO

January 05, 2017

IRVINE, Calif.—The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the leading center for the advancement of Ayn Rand’s writings and her philosophy of Objectivism, announced today that its board of directors has unanimously chosen Jim Brown as the Institute’s new chief executive officer. Yaron Brook will continue as president and assume the top leadership role at ARI, focusing on strategy and on building ARI’s global presence as its chief spokesman.

“We are very excited that Jim has accepted this position, which drew a robust pool of interested and qualified candidates,” said Arline Mann, chair of ARI’s board of directors. “Jim’s professional achievements, along with his long-standing dedication to advancing Ayn Rand’s philosophy, from his days as a campus activist at Harvard Business School to his almost two decades of involvement with the Ayn Rand Institute, reflect the skill, experience and insight necessary to lead ARI into its next stage of growth.”

“I am honored, and grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of passionate and talented professionals,” said Brown. “I look forward to enhancing ARI’s mission and legacy of success. I’m delighted to join the team and look forward to expanding ARI’s influence around the world.”

For over 18 years, Brown has been involved with ARI and Objectivism as a consultant and contributor and as an activist for the philosophy of Ayn Rand. He recently served as a partner at Brandes Investment Partners, capping a 30-year career in finance. Prior to this, he served in the United States Air Force as a pilot, flight instructor, flight commander and squadron commander. Brown holds a bachelor of science in political science from the United States Air Force Academy, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About ARI
The Ayn Rand Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes the works and philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The Institute fosters a growing awareness, understanding and acceptance of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, to create a culture whose guiding principles are reason, rational self-interest, individualism and laissez-faire capitalism—a culture in which individuals are free to pursue their own happiness.