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TRUSTEESDanny Wegman Becomes Board Chair Two new trustees appointed during board’s May meeting.
trusteesDanny Wegman (left), Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck, Alan Zekelman, and Ed Hajim (Photo: University Communications)

Danny Wegman, CEO of Rochester-based Wegmans Food Markets, became chair of the Board of Trustees at the May meeting. Wegman, who was chair-elect for the past year, will serve a five-year term. He succeeds Ed Hajim ’58, who is now chair emeritus.

Wegman has been a trustee for more than 15 years. For five years, he and President and CEO Joel Seligman cochaired the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, part of New York State’s community-based economic development program. Wegman became president of the 88-store grocery chain in 1976 and was named CEO in 2005.

In April 2014, as president and chairman of the board of the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation, he announced two major contributions to the University: a $10 million lead gift to the new Goergen Institute for Data Science and a $7 million gift to support the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Together with previous gifts to several programs across the University, the foundation has provided more than $20 million to The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

Wegman and his wife, Konstanze (Stency), are members of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society.

Newly Elected Trustees

Lizette Pérez-Deisboeck ’87 is a general counsel of Battery Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital and private equity firm focused on worldwide technology and innovation investment. Before joining Battery Ventures in 2009, Pérez-Deisboeck was a partner at Goodwin Procter, where she practiced in the area of technology and emerging companies, and was vice president for legal affairs and operations for Idealab, a creator and operator of pioneering technology companies.

A member of the George Eastman Circle, she serves on the Diversity Initiative Campaign Committee and was a member of her 25th Reunion Committee.

Alan Zekelman ’87S (MS) is a director of Zekelman Industries, the largest independent tubular products manufacturer in North America. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Zekelman received Rochester’s Richard L. Rosenthal Award for Innovation in Investment Management/Corporate Finance. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree at the Simon School commencement ceremony in June.

Zekelman, a George Eastman Circle member, has served on Simon’s Executive Advisory Committee, National Council, and Advisory Council. He and his wife, Lori Talsky-Zekelman, established the Lori and Alan S. Zekelman Distinguished Professorship of Business Administration at the Simon School.