New York City: Power players

The key figures in the post-9/11 regeneration story

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City
Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City

Michael Bloomberg Mayor, New York City

Has been mayor since 2002. In 2008, successfully campaigned for an amendment to New York City’s termlimits law, allowing him to run for a third term in 2009. With a personal net worth of $18.1bn in 2011, he is the 13th richest person in the US. Founder and 88 per cent owner of news and media firm Bloomberg LP. Recently said: ‘The strength of our tourism industry is one of the reasons New York City was less impacted by the national recession than other cities, and it continues to be one of the reasons we’re growing faster than other cities today.’

Kate D Levin Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC

As New York’s culture commissioner since 2002, serves as ex-officio member of the boards of trustees on many cultural institutions. Also a member of the executive committee of NYC & Co. Was formerly assistant professor of English and Theatre at the City College of New York CUNY. Joe Daniels President 9/11 Memorial Responsible for co-ordinating the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site, supported by a team that includes Lynn Rasic,V-P public affairs. Daniels is a former lawyer and McKinsey consultant. Has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for the project while smoothing over tensions between the September 11 families and competing stakeholders in the rebuilding of downtown.

George Fertitta CEO, NYC & Co

Has led NYC & Co since June 2006 when Bloomberg announced his plan to create a single marketing and tourism organisation. Before that was founder and chairman of a $500m New York City-based advertising and marketing group, Margeotes Fertitta Powel. Now also vice-chair of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, often referred to as President Obama’s unified tourism initiative. It was established in 2010 as a partnership between the travel industry and the federal government.

Kimberly Spell Chief comms officer, NYC & Co

A former journalist who previously ran her own political and crisis comms consultancy, Spell Communications. Was deputy comms director for Al Gore, during his close-run bid for the US presidency in 2000. As well as political and corporate comms, Spell now runs a network of comms agencies, spanning 18 international offices in 25 global markets.

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