Our Team

Executive Team

Sarah Alter
Sarah Alter
President & CEO
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Sarah Alter

President & CEO

Sarah Alter — named president and CEO of NEW in June 2017 — has wide-ranging experience in the retail, financial services and technology markets. As vice president of Discover Financial Services, Sarah led the product strategy for all credit card features, benefits and services.
As vice president for digital sales and marketing at Quill.com, she helped transform the business, increasing its digital sales. In her last job — chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties — Sarah developed and executed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. 
Sarah has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

Julie Basile
Julie Basile
VP, Regions, Community & Marketing
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Julie Basile

VP, Regions, Community & Marketing

As vice president, regions, community and marketing, Julie Basile is responsible for NEW’s regional growth and support initiatives and advocacy. Julie has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, including roles at The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo and Kellogg Company. Before joining NEW, she was an active NEW member and volunteer leader for NEW Atlanta, NEW Chicago and NEW Minneapolis. Julie lives in Chicago with her husband and twin boys.

Karianne Gomez
Karianne Gomez
VP, Strategic Value
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Karianne Gomez

VP, Strategic Value

As vice president of strategic value, Karianne Gomez leads the development of NEW’s overarching strategic value platform and core initiatives, including research and insights, learning programs, and solutions for corporate partners, NEW regions and members. Prior to joining NEW, Karianne focused on growth strategy and transformation across a number of companies and industries, including Pampered Chef and HAVI Global Solutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from University of Buffalo, a master of engineering management degree from Northwestern University and a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Karianne serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of Compass Pro Bono. She, her husband Joe and two daughters live in Chicago.

Laurie Greer
Laurie Greer
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members
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Laurie Greer

VP, Strategic Partnerships & Members

Carol Jones
Carol Jones
VP, Finance & Administration
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Carol Jones

VP, Finance & Administration

Carol Jones leads the finance and administration team, which manages the finances of NEW, facilitating its sustainability and ensuring that the books/records are appropriately managed and reported. Her team also develops the long-range financial plan and directs the annual budget and planning process. They provide contract management oversight and review appropriate levels of control, efficiency and effectiveness. Carol previously was at IRI as the financial lead for the retail organization. She also worked closely with the head of finance, planning and analysis at United Airlines in their capital planning group. She received her MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and her bachelor of science degree in accounting from DePaul University. Carol enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.

Christen Ng
Christen Ng
VP, Technology & Analytics
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Christen Ng

VP, Technology & Analytics

Christen Ng is responsible for overseeing NEW’s technology infrastructure, digital platforms and analytics strategy. Prior to joining NEW, she specialized in building technology solutions and resources that leveraged data-driven insights to impact nonprofit organizations in healthcare, workforce development and arts education public policy. Christen holds an international MBA from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from DePaul University. She has served on the board of the United Nations Association of Chicago, as a mentor with MIT’s Solve initiative and on the Business Advisory Council for Bright Endeavors.

Our Board

Executive Committee

Monica Turner
Monica Turner
Chair
President - Sales, North America
Abbe Luersman
Abbe Luersman
Vice Chair
Chief Human Resource Officer, Ahold Delhaize
Lisa Walsh
Lisa Walsh
Immediate Past Chair
Operating Partner, Atlantic Street Capital
Dagmar Boggs
Dagmar Boggs
Treasurer
Chief Retail Sales and Bottler Operations Officer Coca-Cola North America The Coca-Cola Company
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Elizabeth “Beth” Marrion
Secretary
Managing Director, Retail Accenture

Committee Chairs

Christina
Christina Bieniek
Chair, Audit
Chief Commercial Officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dagmar
Dagmar Boggs
Chair, Finance
Chief Retail Sales and Bottler Operations Officer Coca-Cola North America The Coca-Cola Company
Marla Daudelin
Marla Daudelin
Chair, Regional Advisory
Senior Vice President, Sales, Frito-Lay PepsiCo Inc.
Vicki Felker
Vicki Felker
Co-Chair, Strategic Value
Vice President and General Manager Golden Products Division Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nicola Johnson
Nicola Johnson
Chair, Technology
Principal, Consumer & Industrial Products Practice Deloitte Consulting
Abbe
Abbe Luersman
Co-Chair, Strategic Value
Chief Human Resource Officer Ahold Delhaize
Kim Underhill
Kim Underhill
Chair, Compensation
Global President Kimberly-Clark Professional
Lisa Walsh
Lisa Walsh
Governance
Operating Partner, Atlantic Street Capital

Directors-at-large

Chris Baker
Chris Baker
Directors At-Large
Sr. VP and Head NA Retail, Visa
Kelly Caruso
Kelly Caruso
Directors At-Large
CEO Shipt, Inc.
Kendra Doyel
Kendra Doyel
Directors At-Large
Vice President, Merchandising Ralphs Grocery Company The Kroger Co.
Andy Dunn
Andy Dunn
Directors At-Large
Chairman of Monica + Andy
Cassandra Johnson
Cassandra Johnson
Directors At-Large
Executive VP of Customer Care for Google Devices & Services
Michelle Larson
Michelle Larson
Directors At-Large
President of Shaw’s and Star Market Albertsons Companies
Melody Richard
Melody Richard
Directors At-Large
VP/DMM, Baby, Walmart
Chris Skyers
Chris Skyers
Directors At-Large
Vice President, Private Label and Own Brands Wakefern Food Corporation
Ellen Siebenborn-Forsyth
Ellen Siebenborn-Forsyth
Directors At-Large
VP, Head of Sales, Blue Buffalo Co.

Director Emeritus

Bobbie O’Hare
Bobbie O’Hare
Director Emeritus
(member emeritus) Vice President, Business Development JOH

Our Staff

Sydney Bauer
Sydney Bauer
Partner and Member Experience Coordinator
Angelina Bice
Angelina Bice
Copywriter & Content Strategy Specialist
Desiree Frey
Desiree Frey
Director of Regional Growth & Development
Holly Goodhart
Holly Goodhart
Director, Digital Marketing & Communications