The Executive Council (EC) is AJC’s legal board of directors. The EC manages and oversees AJC’s management and operations, including its finances and business transactions. AJC’s senior officers and commission chairs, in addition to several elected and appointed members of the Board of Governors, serve on the EC.
President: Stanley M. Bergman
Since 1989, Stanley M. Bergman has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, with more than 16,000 Team Schein Members and operations or affiliates in 25 countries. The Company’s 2013 sales reached a record $9.6 billion. Henry Schein has been a Fortune World’s Most Admired company for 13 consecutive years and is ranked #1 in its industry on Fortune’s 2014 World’s Most Admired Companies List.
Mr. Bergman serves as a board member or advisor for numerous institutions including New York University College of Dentistry; the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; the Columbia University Medical Center; Hebrew University; Tel Aviv University; the University of Witwatersrand Fund; World Economic Forum’s Health Care Governors; the Forsyth Institute; the Business Council for International Understanding; and the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Bergman is an honorary member of the American Dental Association and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. His awards include being the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the CR Magazine Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award; a Doctor of Humane Letters from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health; and Honorary Fellowship of King’s College London.
Stan and Marion Bergman and their family are active supporters of organizations fostering the arts, higher education, cultural diversity and grassroots health care and sustainable entrepreneurial economic development initiatives in the United States, Africa and other developing regions of the world. Mr. Bergman is President of the American Jewish Committee.
Mr. Bergman is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and is a South African Charted Accountant and a NYS Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Chair, AJC National Board of Governors: Richard Berkman
Richard Berkman, Chair, AJC national Board of Governors, is a partner in the Complex Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Groups at Dechert in Philadelphia. Previously at AJC, he served as Treasurer/Secretary and past chairs of the Budget Committee, Audit Committee, Interreligious Affairs Commission, and a past president of AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is former president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, Philadelphia. Richard is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
Chair, Board of Trustees: John Shapiro
John Shapiro is managing director of Chieftain Capital Management, Inc., which he co-founded in 1984 after working at Central National Corporation and Merrill Lynch & Co. John is chairman of the board of Lawyers for Children, and serves as a trustee and member of the Executive Committees of the American Jewish Committee, the American Academy in Rome, and the Jewish Museum. He is also on the boards of Rockefeller University and the Jerusalem Foundation, and is a director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is a member of The Committee on Prints and Illustrated Books for the Museum of Modern Art, a member of the Campaign Council for Wesleyan University, and sits on the Financial Studies Advisory Board of Columbia Business School. He previously served as president of the UJA-Federation of New York and of the Dalton School in New York City. John received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. He is married with two children.
Executive Director: David Harris
Commission & Committee Chairs
Chair, Contemporary Jewish Life: Dov Zakheim
If you would like to reach any of the members of the Executive Council, you may do so through Victoria Schonfeld, Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.