Terry Stewart has been the president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for more than a decade. The museum, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland, Ohio, exists to educate visitors, music fans, and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. Since opening in 1995, the museum has welcomed more than 8 million people, with annual visitors coming from all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.
Stewart previously spent nine years at Marvel Entertainment Group, serving as president and chief operating officer and later as vice chairman. Marvel, a leader in the fields of publishing, merchandising, advertising, trading cards, toys, software, and children’s television, is perhaps best known for its comic-book characters including Spiderman, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Blade, Silver Surfer, and an additional 3,000 superheroes. In 1991, when Marvel went public, Stewart was named CNBC Marketing Executive of the Year.
Prior to his leadership role at Marvel, Stewart served as an officer of Connecticut Bank & Trust Company (1974-1979), vice president of business development and then general manager of strategic planning and business development at Continental Group, Inc. (1979-1984), and vice president of business development for Combustion Engineering, Inc. (1984-1989.
Long active in civic and philanthropic endeavors, Stewart is currently on the board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia, and he serves as an adviser for the annual Summer Stage Concert Series in Central Park, New York City. Stewart also serves on the Nominating Committee for the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Advisory Committee for the prospective new National Museum of Hip-Hop. Active in his local community, Stewart serves on the boards for the Cleveland Film Commission, Positively Cleveland: The Cleveland Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. He was recently named the 48th Annual Business Executive of the Year by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.
Stewart is well known as an avid collector of pop-culture memorabilia. His extensive collection includes a world-class record collection, concert and movie posters, rock and roll memorabilia, and jukeboxes. At Rutgers, he studied engineering and education, earning dual bachelor’s degrees in 1969. He later earned an M.B.A. in finance and a J.D. in law at Cornell University.