Governance at a Glance

Chair
Member
Chairman of the board
Financial expert
Board Members Audit Compensation Nominating/Corporate Governance

Paul J. Taubman  

James Costos  

Audit
Nominating/Corporate Governance

Emily K. Rafferty

Compensation
Nominating/Corporate Governance

Thomas M. Ryan

Compensation
Nominating/Corporate Governance

Grace R. Skaugen  

Audit

Kenneth C. Whitney  

Audit

Committee Charters

Paul J. Taubman

Paul J. Taubman

Paul J. Taubman is the founding partner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PJT Partners Inc., a global, advisory-focused investment bank. Prior to founding the predecessor firm to PJT Partners Inc., Mr. Taubman briefly advised clients in an individual capacity where, in less than a year, he advised clients on $220 billion in announced transactions. In October 2014, The Blackstone Group announced that it would spin off its advisory businesses and merge them with Mr. Taubman’s PJT Partners. The newly combined company was formed and began trading on the NYSE on October 1, 2015 as PJT Partners Inc.

For nearly 30 years Mr. Taubman was at Morgan Stanley where he served in a series of increasingly senior positions including executive vice president and Co-President of Institutional Securities, with responsibility for all of the firm’s investment banking, capital markets, and sales and trading businesses. Prior to becoming Co-President, Mr. Taubman was Morgan Stanley’s Global Head of Investment Banking and Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions.

Mr. Taubman serves in a leadership role on numerous philanthropic efforts including Board President of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer organization; Board Member of the Partnership for New York City; Advisory Council member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Trustee and executive committee member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; National Advisory Board Member of Youth, Inc.; and Trustee of the Foundation for Empowering Citizens with Autism.

Mr. Taubman received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

James Costos

James Costos

James Costos served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and Principality of Andorra from August 2013 to January 2017. Mr. Costos currently serves as President of Secuoya Studios, a global Spanish language content studio. In addition, Mr. Costos serves as a Member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, serves as a senior advisor to FC Barcelona, is a senior managing director at Dentons, in their Global Venture Technology group, and sits on the Boards of Directors of Grifols S.A. and the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy and political lobbying organization in the United States. Previously, Mr. Costos was Vice President at Home Box Office, served as an executive at Revolution Studios, and held senior leadership roles for more than a decade at Tod’s S.p.A. and Hermès of Paris. Mr. Costos is a passionate supporter of several cultural and humanitarian organizations, including the Reina Sofia Museum and the Hispanic Society of America. Mr. Costos earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.

Emily K. Rafferty

Emily K. Rafferty

Emily K. Rafferty is President Emerita of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was elected President of the Museum in 2005 and served in that role until her retirement in March 2015. She had been a member of the Museum’s staff since 1976 serving in various roles in development, membership and external affairs until becoming President and Chief Administrative Officer in 2005, overseeing some 2,300 full- and part-time employees. Ms. Rafferty’s global experience in some 50 countries on behalf of the Museum included interactions and negotiations with many senior world leaders. Ms. Rafferty served as a Board member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank from 2011 to 2017 (Chair, 2012 to 2016), and Senior Adviser for Heritage Protection and Conservation for UNESCO from 2015 to 2017. She was Chair of NYC & Company (the city’s tourism, marketing and partnering organization) from 2008 to 2020, and continues to serve on the Executive Committee. She is a Vice Chair of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and a Board member of the Asia Society, Civitella Ranieri, an Artist Residency Program in Italy, the Hispanic Society Museum and Library, and the Association of Art Museum Curators. She previously consulted for Russell Reynolds Associates in the firm’s nonprofit practice and The Shed, a NYC performing arts center. She is a Board member of Carnegie Hall; a Board member of Koç Holdings, Istanbul, 2018 to the present; a member of the Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Thomas M. Ryan

Thomas M. Ryan

Thomas M. Ryan currently serves as the Lead Director of PJT Partners. Mr. Ryan is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health Corporation, formerly known as CVS Caremark Corporation, a pharmacy healthcare provider (“CVS”). He served as Chairman of CVS from April 1999 to May 2011 and Chief Executive Officer of CVS from May 1998 to February 2011, and also served as President from May 1998 to May 2010. Mr. Ryan serves on the board of Five Below, Inc., and is an Operating Partner of Advent International. Mr. Ryan was a director of Yum! Brands, Inc. from 2002 to 2017, Reebok International Ltd. from 1998 to 2005, Bank of America Corporation from 2004 to 2010 and Vantiv, Inc. from 2012 to 2015.

Grace R. Skaugen

Grace R. Skaugen

Grace Reksten Skaugen, a Norwegian national, has extensive experience working with a broad array of European companies. She previously served as a senior advisor to Deutsche Bank (2007-2014) and HSBC (2014-2019). In 2009, Ms. Skaugen co-founded the Norwegian Institute of Directors, where she still serves on its board. From 2012 to 2015, she was deputy chair of the Norwegian oil company Equinor (formerly Statoil) and served on its board for 13 years. Today, Ms. Skaugen serves as a board member of the Swedish industrial investment company Investor AB, the oil and gas company Panoro Energy, Euronav NV (where she also serves as Chair) and Lundin Energy AB (renamed Orrön Energy AB) (where she serves as Chair). Ms. Skaugen is also a councilmember and trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. She has previous investment banking experience, having worked at the Nordic bank SEB, where she advised companies within the energy, transportation and technology sectors. Ms. Skaugen started her career as a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia Radiation Laboratory in New York. She is a physicist by education and holds a PhD in laser physics from Imperial College in London. She also holds an M.B.A. from the Norwegian School of Management, BI.

Kenneth C. Whitney

Kenneth C. Whitney

Kenneth C. Whitney has managed a private family investment office since April 2013, focused on start-up businesses and entertainment projects. Since his retirement from Blackstone Inc. in April 2013 until September 2015, he was also a Senior Advisor to Blackstone. Mr. Whitney was previously a Senior Managing Director and Head of Blackstone’s Investor Relations & Business Development Group from 1998 to April 2013. After joining Blackstone in 1988, Mr. Whitney focused his efforts on raising capital for Blackstone’s private investment funds and the establishment of Blackstone affiliates in the alternative investment area. Mr. Whitney began his career at Coopers & Lybrand in 1980, where he spent time in the firm’s accounting and audit areas as well as in the tax and mergers and acquisitions areas. Mr. Whitney is a Tony Award-winning producer, and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for The First Tee and the University of Delaware, where he received a B.S. in Accounting.