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Network welcomes five new Board members

Friday, September 23, 2011  
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The Network of Executive Women elected five new at-large members to its Board of Directors at the Network’s annual members meeting at the NEW Leadership Summit, Sept. 19 in Orlando.

New Board members are Mike Byron, president supplier diversity for SUPERVALU; Sarah Chartrand, senior vice president, diversity, talent management, organizational development for Ahold USA; M. Marnette Perry, senior vice president of The Kroger Co., Suzanne Sears, vice president of global market development at Kimberly-Clark Corp.; and Karen Stuckey, senior vice president, merchandising and general merchandise manager of the home division for Walmart Stores.

"Inside their own companies and throughout the greater cpg/retail industry, these industry leaders have proven their commitment to gender diversity and inclusion,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "The Network of Executive Women is fortunate to be able to tap into their experience and passion to advance its mission to attract, retain and advance women in the industry.”

NEW Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president, home, for Walmart US, thanked five outgoing directors for their Network service: Chelle Moore of Walmart Stores, John Saguto of Nestlé Purina Petcare, Gail Jordan of Monarch Janus Associates, Michele Murphy of SUPERVALU and Caroline Cotten of Mass Connections.

"These outgoing Board members have been -- and continue to be -- dedicated to fostering diversity as a business driver for both their companies and the industry,” Toth said. "We can’t thank them enough for their service.”

Officers and board members continuing their service are Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler, Walmart Stores; Vice Chair Julie Hamilton, The Coca-Cola Company; Past Chair Alison Kenney Paul, Deloitte; Secretary Betsy Hosick, Chevron Corporation; Treasurer Rosa C. Stroh, The Hershey Company; and Executive Committee members Maria Edelson of Sales and Capability Development, Michael Gorshe of Accenture, who will now serve as a director at-large, Antoinette "Tonie” Leatherberry of Deloitte, Regenia Stein of Kraft Foods and Debbie Wildrick of Bazi Inc. They join incumbent directors at-large Jeff Boser of Kellogg Company; Christy Consler of Safeway Inc.; Dave Dudick of General Mills Inc.; Erby Foster Jr., The Clorox Company; Beverly Grant, Procter & Gamble; Cathy Green Burns, Food Lion Family of Banners; Lisa Klauser, Unilever; Catherine Lindner, Walgreen Company; Marie Quintana, PepsiCo; Margarita Rossi, Johnson & Johnson Sales & Logistics Company; Marla Thompson, Catalina; and Annie Zipfel, Target Corporation.

Diverse leaders

Byron has served SUPERVALU in a variety of roles, including district bakery sales manager, division sales manager, regional director of sales, corporate director of bakery sales, national bakery product manager, supplier diversity manager and corporate director, supplier diver­sity. He is active with SUPERVALU’s Corporate Diversity Council and African American Business Re­source Group. Byron also serves on the board of directors for the Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council, The Conference Board of Supplier Diversity Professionals, the Food Marketing Institute’s Food and Beverage Education Commit­tee and the Council of Urban Professionals.

At Ahold USA, Chartrand is responsible for training and development, management development and succession planning, diver­sity and inclusion, staffing, organization development and internal communications. Prior to assuming this role in 2008, she served in several management positions with Stop & Shop, including vice president of opera­tions strategy and planning, senior director of training and HR planning and business improvement manager. Previously, she was a change management consultant with Accenture/Andersen Consulting. She is a governing body member of the Human Resources Leadership Summit, a group founded in 2011 to encourage networking and development of HR professionals in the Boston area.

Marnette Perry is responsible for eight of Kroger’s supermarket divisions: Columbus, Delta, Dillon Stores, Jay C, QFC, Fred Meyer, King Soopers-City Market and Michigan. Throughout her career with Kroger, Perry has played an instrumental role in shaping several of Kroger’s trademark customer offerings, including developing the company’s floral department into the largest florist in the nation and directing the initial rollout of natural food departments in stores. She also is credited with helping to streamline purchasing and merchandising operations for the company’s produce division. Since joining Kroger in 1972 as a part-time cashier in her hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio, Perry has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility. She has served in a number of management roles, including several merchandising director positions, vice president of merchandising for the Delta Division, president of the Michigan Division and president of the Columbus Division. Perry is a founding donor of the Appalachian Scholars Program at Ohio Uni­versity, a program designed for high school students living in the 29-county Appalachia region of southwest Ohio who wish to pursue higher education at Ohio University. She serves on the board of trustees of Ohio University, Athens, and is a member of the board of directors of Kroger Personal Finance with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Sears is re­sponsible for driving global growth of the Kimberly-Clark professional business through the development of global marketing strategies and customer management strategies, including global national accounts and new and expanded channels of distribution. She recently served as president of the global do-it-yourself business, where she increased sales and profits through the introduction of new products into major home improvement and automotive retailers and global market expansion into new markets, channels and geographies. Previously, Sears served as vice president of marketing for Unisource Worldwide Inc. Prior to joining Unisource, Sears was director of worldwide product development in the business-to-business market for Scott Paper Co. She is a member of the American Marketing Institute and the National Association of Women Business Owners and serves on the board of the Media Youth Center, in Media, Pa. Sears is past president of the University of Delaware Parents Board and serves on the university’s executive board of the Alumni As­sociation. She was recently nominated for the 2011 Hall of Fame at the University of Delaware, which recognizes outstanding professional and public service achievement.

At Walmart Stores, Stuckey is responsible for merchandising, product development, design, brand portfolio and strategy for the retailer’s home division. She joined the company in 2004 and has held the title of senior vice president, general merchandise manager in home division product development, ladies’ apparel and softlines. Prior to joining Walmart, Stuckey was president of Hanes Casualwear (Sara Lee) and vice president of merchandising at Cato Corp. She also served as national merchandise manager at Montgomery Ward and a buyer for Target Corp. She is the chair of the Walmart Women’s Officer Caucus and is treasurer of The Boys & Girls Club of Benton County. She is past chair of Novant Health Systems and the Women’s Center Forsyth Hospital.

Michael Byron

Sarah Chartrand

M. Marnette Perry

Suzanne Sears

Karen Stuckey

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