Douglas Gurr appointed director of Natural History Museum

Former Amazon boss to take over from Michael Dixon later this year
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London’s Natural History Museum has appointed Amazon UK boss Douglas Gurr as director.
He will take over from Michael Dixon, who announced his intention to step down in 2019, later this year.

Gurr
is the head of Amazon UK and was the president of Amazon China from 2014 to 2016. The
British businessman has also worked for management consultancy firm McKinsey
& Co and supermarket chain Asda. He started his career teaching mathematics and computing at
the University of Aarhus in Denmark and has held senior roles in the civil
service.

“The Natural History Museum’s vision of a future
where people and planet thrive has never been more relevant and it is a
privilege to be invited to lead this globally important cultural and scientific
institution,” Gurr said. “I am passionate about the work the museum is doing to
tackle the planetary emergency by using its unrivalled collection and leading
scientific research to connect millions of people a year with nature. I can’t
wait to join the team.”

Although
he has never worked in a museum, Gurr was chair of the board of the Science
Museum from 2010 to 2014 and is a trustee of the National Gallery and the
Landmark Trust.

“Doug’s academic background, considerable
experience in working with public service organisations and digital
understanding make him ideal to lead our treasured museum in our mission to
create advocates for the planet,” says Stephen Green, chair of the Natural
History Museum.

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