The Network of Executive Women named Lisa Walsh, CEO of Truco Enterprises, its new board chair, and appointed seven new members to its board of directors.
Walsh replaces Karen Stuckey, SVP of private brands general merchandise for Walmart, who will assume the role of immediate past board chair.
Joining NEW's board of directors are: Tracey Brown, SVP of operations and customer experience for Sam's Club; Kelly Caruso, SVP of hardlines at Target; Kendra Doyel, senior director of human resources for Ralph's Grocery Company and Food 4 Less/Food Co. at Kroger; Michelle Freyre, president of U.S. Beauty at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.; Abbe Luersman, chief human resources officer for Ahold Delhaize; Kim Underhill, global president for Kimberly-Clark Professional; and Ena Williams, SVP and head of international at 7-Eleven Inc. The changes took effect Jan. 1.
"These women represent the best of NEW—successful business leaders who are passionate about gender equality at work," NEW President and CEO Sarah Alter said in a news release. "We're fortunate to have them guiding NEW as we strengthen our advocacy, broaden our reach and roll out new programs that will help propel the careers of women at all levels and functions. We're especially privileged to have Lisa as our new board chair. Her willingness to take on this demanding role speaks volumes about her commitment to gender equality."
Alter praised Stuckey for her leadership through what was a "transformative period" for NEW as the network positioned itself to have "a more powerful hand in shaping the future of the retail, consumer goods, technology and financial services sectors."
"As the board's immediate past chair, we'll continue to benefit from Karen's influence and guidance—and we couldn't be more grateful," Alter said.
Continuing to Serve
Partnership Chair Monica Turner, VP of customer business development for Procter & Gamble, will serve as board vice chair. NEW board directors at-large taking on new roles are Dagmar Boggs, president of 7-Eleven Global Team for The Coca-Cola Company, who will serve as audit chair; Nicola Johnson, principal in consumer and industrial products practice at Deloitte Consulting, now technology chair; and Beth Marrion, managing director of retail at Accenture, who will serve as regional chair.
Continuing their terms on the NEW Board are Treasurer Erby Foster Jr., CEO of Foster Inclusion; Secretary Regenia Stein, principal at Ingenuity Consulting; Transformation Chair Vicki Felker, VP and general manager of Golden Products Division at Nestle Purina PetCare; and Compensation Chair Karen Mooney, chief human resources officer for Keystone Foods.
Returning to the NEW Board as directors-at-large are: Dorria Ball, president and founder of Global Ballance Group, and Valerie Oswalt, president of U.S. sales for at Mondelez International.
NEW Board members completing their terms are: Immediate Past Chair Elizabeth "Betsy" Hosick, general manager of procurement downstream, midstream and services for Chevron; Inclusion Chair Ken Charles, SVP of global talent for U.S. Bank; Regional Advisory Chair Marla Thompson, formerly SVP of Angie's List; Marketing and Communications Chair Amy Hahn, SVP of marketing for Ahold USA; Audit Chair Suzan Kereere, head of global merchant client group of Visa Inc.; and Board Director At-Large Trish Adams, formerly EVP of merchandising product group at Target.
"These exceptional leaders have long been change agents who care deeply about fostering gender diversity," Alter said. "We thank them for their service and know they will continue to be vocal, engaged advocates for workplace change."