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National Museum of American History Names New Board Leadership

Entrepreneur Enrique Segura and Government Executive Barbara Franklin To Steward
June 23, 2021

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Board recently elected Enrique Segura, chairman of the board of ENSE Group LLC, and Barbara Franklin, former U.S. secretary of commerce and business executive, to lead its 22-member advisory board. Segura succeeds Abbe Raven, chairman emeritus of A+E Networks, as chairman and Franklin follows Barry M. Meyer, CEO of North Ten Mile Associates, as vice chairman.

“We are looking forward to the vast expertise and expansion of perspectives our board leadership brings to our shared work in transforming our museum as a place of dialogue and understanding of the layered complexity of American history,” said Anthea M. Hartig, the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan Director. “Dr. Segura and Secretary Franklin have a deep commitment to public service and to our museum’s goal to become the nation’s most accessible, inclusive, relevant and sustainable public history institution.”

A native of Argentina, Segura has held leadership positions for more than 34 years in the financial and service sectors. He currently heads all four ENSE Group organizations and is dedicated to auditing mining and petroleum concerns on behalf of governments, providing intelligent immigration security systems, advising foreign governments on foreign debt renegotiation and debt management as well as providing compliance and anti-counterfeiting services to governments. He is vice chairman of the board of trustees at The Catholic University of America, the current goodwill ambassador for the Republic of the Gambia and formerly served as the honorary consul of the Republic of Uganda in Argentina. Segura earned his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, Master of Business Administration and doctorate in economics from Autónoma University in Madrid and Owner/President Management certifications from Harvard Business School. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.

“This is a dynamic, historic and unprecedented time to shape the future of the Smithsonian’s flagship history museum,” Segura said. “I share a kindred vision with Director Hartig, my fellow board members and the staff about the great potential that awaits the National Museum of American History.”

Franklin is president and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private international consulting firm. Her commitment to public service has led her to serve five U.S. Presidents. As staff assistant to President Richard M. Nixon, she led the first White House effort to increase the number of women in policy-making positions in the federal government; as commerce secretary, she led a Presidential mission to China to restore economic relations. Time magazine named her one of the “50 Women Who Made American Political History.” Franklin is board chair emerita of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Economic Club of New York, current board member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the National Symphony Orchestra and a trustee of the George and Barbara Bush Foundation. She graduated with distinction from Pennsylvania State University and was one of the first women graduates of the Harvard Business School. She resides in Washington, D.C., and Bristol, Connecticut.

“I am thrilled to join with Chairman Segura in heartfelt support of Director Hartig and her vision to enhance for future generations the many historical landscapes of our great country,” Franklin said.

The board, established in 1996, includes historians, business leaders, congressional members and philanthropists and has an active alumni representation. Members advise the director on programs, exhibitions, facilities, development and finance. A complete list of board members and alumni can be found on the museum’s website. Ex officio members of the board include the museum director, the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Museums and Culture.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History seeks to empower people to create a more just and compassionate future by examining, preserving and sharing the complexity of our past. The museum, located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets, is open Friday through Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free, but reserved timed-entry passes are required. To make reservations, visit si.edu/visit. Follow the museum on social media on Twitter and Instagram @amhistorymuseum and on Facebook at @americanhistory. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

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