Jean-Luc Martinez, currently the head of the Louvre’s department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, has been named the museum’s new director. He replaces Henri Loyrette, who has served in the job since 2001, on Apr. 15. Martinez has been with the Louvre since 1997.
Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon, and Laurent Le Bon, head of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, were passed over for the job, according to the New York Times.
Under Loyrette’s leadership, the museum expanded in 2012 with a satellite museum in the northern French city of Lens, and is now building an outpost in Abu Dhabi, which is expected to open in 2015. The museum also opened its Islamic art wing, for the first time its own department, last year.