The decision to elect Sharansky was unanimous.
Leonid Nevzlin, chairman of the board of trustees of Beth Hatefutsoth, congratulated the appointment at the board’s annual meeting.
“I have no doubt that Sharansky’s personal life story, as well as his close acquaintance and lengthy experience with Jewish communities around the world, and his understanding of the challenges facing the Jewish people today, make him the best candidate for the position of chairman,” Nevzlin said.
“His skills and experiences will contribute a lot to Beth Hatefutsoth in its aspiration to become an international center, and one of the leading Jewish museums in the world,” he added.
Sharansky, a former Soviet dissident, immigrated to Israel in 1986. The former prisoner of Zion once served as deputy prime minister, interior minister, and minister of Jerusalem affairs.
In 2006, Sharansky resigned from the Knesset after a 10year membership.