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Abram Claude, Jr.

Honorary Lifetime Director

Abe Claude is a retired Managing Director at Gilbert Tweed Associates, an executive search firm. Prior to this position, Mr. Claude was director at the New York Office of Stanton Chase International. Earlier, he was the geographic partner responsible for the New York office of Ray & Berndtson, one of the 10 largest global executive recruiting firms; Executive Vice President and member of the management committee of Security Pacific Capital Corporation; Senior Vice President-Corporate Finance of Dillon, Read & Company; Vice President of Bessemer Securities Corporation; and Vice President of Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Claude’s volunteer activities have included serving on the Boards of Lenox Hill Hospital, Westminster School (Chairman), U.S. Committee for Refugees, Phipps Houses, Diocesan Investment Trust and the Bedford Association (President).

Mr. Claude has received NIB’s Irwin Award; the Migel Medal presented by the American Foundation for the Blind; and the Raynolds Award from the Association of Executive Search Consultants, for excellence in executive search combined with a strong commitment to volunteerism. He was a member of the NIB Board of Directors and its executive committee from 1963 to 1994 and served as secretary/treasurer, vice chairman and chairman. When he retired as an active director, the NIB Board elected Mr. Claude an Honorary Lifetime Director in recognition of his outstanding service to people who are blind.

In 2009, Mr. Claude was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled as a private citizen representing the interests of people who are blind. He retired from this position in September 2010.