The Currier Museum of Art announced Monday that Alan Chong has been chosen as director and CEO. Chong, who was the Lia and William Poorvu Curator of the collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from 1999 to 2010, will be the ninth director in the Currier’s 87-year history. He succeeds Susan Strickler, who retired last month after 20 years in the position. “Alan is an outstanding fit for the Currier,” M. Christine Dwyer, president of the museum’s board of trustees said in a statement. “He brings to the museum significant expertise in curatorial matters, operations, and fund-raising. Equally important, Alan will add a spark of excitement to a museum that, thanks to Susan Strickler’s leadership, has become a leading cultural institution in the region.” Located in Manchester, N.H, the Currier Museum of Art has a distinguished collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet, and O’Keeffe. After leaving the Gardner, Chong moved to Singapore to become director of the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum.