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NEW members elect Catherine Lindner to Board chair

Monday, October 22, 2012  
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The Network of Executive Women has elected Catherine Lindner, former vice president of retail marketing for Walgreen Co., to serve as Board chair at the Network’s annual members meeting during the NEW Leadership Summit, Oct. 22, 2012 in Dallas.

Lindner, the immediate past Board vice chair, will serve a one-year term and is eligible for a second term. Annie Zipfel, division vice president, customer marketing for REI, was elected Board vice chair. Zipfel most recently served as NEW chair, marketing and communications.

"Catherine Lindner’s experience as a senior leader in one of the country’s most successful retail companies and previous roles working with the largest consumer products companies will help take NEW to the next level,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "Her passion and enthusiasm for developing women leaders and keen dedication to our mission to recruit, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry is absolute.”

As vice president of retail marketing for Walgreen Co., Lindner was responsible for marketing strategy, planning and execution for the $22 billion retail business. Lindner joined Walgreens in 1999 as category manager for the hair care category and served in roles of increasing responsibility. She led Walgreens’ participation in the Retail Commission on Shopper Marketing, a group of 28 retailers, manufacturers and agency partners that developed a process for shopper marketing engagement designed to streamline the development of programs between retailers and manufacturers.

Before joining Walgreens, Lindner spent 11 years at Information Resources Inc. (IRI). She held several positions in marketing mix modeling, client services and category management consulting, including vice president of tactical sales consulting, managing a team responsible for creating fact-based category plans for both manufacturers and retailers. Lindner helped found NEW Chicago.

At REI, Zipfel is responsible for customer insights, marketing planning, acquisition and retention initiatives, across all channels. Prior to this, Zipfel served as vice president, owned brands for Target Corporation. She has spent her entire career in consumer products brand management and retail, including roles at General Mills.

Catherine Lindner

Annie Zipfel

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