Jack Kliger, President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, was born in Florence, Italy to Polish and Hungarian Holocaust survivors before emigrating with his family to Brooklyn, New York at three years old.
He began his career at The Village Voice in the mid 1970s and was hired in 1980 by Advance Publications, owners of Condé Nast Publications. From there, he launched an impressive rise in media. Within six years, Kliger was named Publisher of GQ Magazine, soon followed by Glamour, the company’s largest circulation, and in 1993 was named Executive Vice President of Condé Nast Publications. After launching their digital unit Condé Net, Kliger was promoted in 1997 to Executive Vice President of Parade Publications, the largest business unit of Advance Publications.
In 1999, French media conglomerate Group Lagardère recruited Kliger to serve as President & CEO of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which published 17 magazine brands in the United States, including the popular Elle, George, Woman’s Day, Premiere, and Car and Driver, and was the fifth largest magazine publisher in the United States. During a 10-year tenure in that role, he also served as Chairman of the industry trade association, the Magazine Publishers of America (now Association of Magazine Media).
From 2009 to 2014, Kliger provided consulting services for private equity firms Cerberus Capital Management and Open Gate Capital, which had acquired TV Guide Magazine, where he served as CEO. In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of World Color Press, Inc., one of the world’s largest commercial printers, which later merged with Quad Graphics.
Kliger’s accomplished career has been recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Magazine Publishers of America and the Anti-Defamation League, and he has leveraged his success in support of the causes and institutions to which he is most passionately committed.
He served for more than a decade on the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s Board of Trustees before becoming President & CEO of the Museum in 2019. Kliger currently serves in that role and has overseen the opening of the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Circle of Generosity, a charitable foundation based in New York, where he resides with his wife Amy.