The Darien Historical Society named John E. Gault Jr. as executive director, effective Sept. 28.

"Jack, a Darien resident, combines a strong business background in financial services and an outstanding academic record with a personal interest in history, particularly the history of this area," Enid Oresman, president of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society said.

"With the addition of the Scofield Barn in 2009, The Darien Historical Society has more than doubled the size of its presence," Gault said. "In that spirit, I look forward to more than doubling the importance of the society to the cultural, education and social fabric of our town. It is a gem of a museum and tribute to Darien's past, present and future. We have discussed many new program ideas, and we hope that friends of the historical society of all ages will benefit from these offerings."

Gault will be formally introduced at the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 17. The event begins with a reception at 4 p.m., followed by the business meeting at 5 p.m. in the Scofield Barn, 45 Old Kings Highway N. All members are welcome.

Gault worked in New York City for a number of years while associated with leading financial service firms in various roles, including Lehman Brothers, Kidder Peabody, Citibank, County Natwest (now Royal Bank of Scotland) and Crocker National Bank (now Wells Fargo). In 1995 he founded Hanover Associates/Mayflower Financial Group in Darien as Managing Director for Strategic Advice and Private Equity with a client base of prominent Fortune 500 companies.

He has served as a presiding representative for the Talmadge Hill Historic Preservation Society, CT, in Darien since 2005 and was chairman of the finance committee of the board of trustees of the Talmadge Hill Community Church, also in Darien.

He has just completed a well-documented book, "Historic Talmadge Hill," which he hopes to publish soon, about the history of the Talmadge Hill area and its surrounding towns. Currently, he is working on a new book of historical fiction, as he continues to pursue his interests in the fields of history and writing.

Gault graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College. He has an MBA in corporate finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Graduate Division.

He and his wife, Deborah, and their sons, Peter, a senior at Bates College, and Alexander, a sophomore at Lehigh University, have lived in Darien since 1993.